Contributed by: Don WinnerWhen Leo Wiznitzer first read the script for Red, he was smitten. In 2010 he wanted to see the play in New York, but became ill and had to settle for the text. When he showed the script to Bruce Quinn, the Director of the play, he also fell in love with it, Wiznitzer said. "I think what gives value to Red is not just how brilliantly it is written, but at the end you want to know more, investigate, discuss and think," said the co-producer and actor, who plays the part of Rothko.
The drama tells the story of the artist of abstract expressionism and one of the geniuses of the twentieth century. It occurs when Rothko hires a young assistant (Luigi Pezzotti) to help him create a series of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. The production process has not been easy, admits Wiznitzer, because they decided to present the play in both English and Spanish, and there as there was translation into Spanish he had to do it himself.
"Then we had to pay for the license by copyright, and to obtain the approval of the Spanish version by the author John Logan," he said. the presenting of the play first in English (on 12, 13, and 14 January at the Theatre Guild) and then in Spanish (from 17 to 29 January at the Teatro La Quadra) was "crazy", the first problem was the translation, then the memorization of the lines, because there is a lot of dialog. The total production took seven months. During the first five months they did one scene per month, and then they presented one night in Spanish and the next in English.
Does the fact that the work has been the best of Broadway in 2010 put pressure on the production? Wiznitzer says yes and no. "Yes, obviously it is an exceptional work and we respect that. But at the same time, the fact that it's an intelligent, well written and a fascinating subject makes our job easier," he says.
The play will be presented on weekdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm.
Prices are $15 (general admission) and $7.50 (seniors and students) at the Theatre Guild, and $25 general admission, $15 seniors and $10 for students in the Teatro La Quadra. (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: The play will be presented in English on Thursday, 19 January and Thursday, 26 January in the Teatro La Quadra in El Cangrejo. There are nine other dates in Spanish from the 17th through the 29th of January as well. Tickets are on sale at the La Quadra theater in El Cangrejo, as well as the "Nostalgia" store in Paitilla. For more information visit their Facebook Page RED by John Logan (Panama).
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