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"Red" by John Logan
I just finished reading this magnificent play. It’s so thought provoking and leaves you breathless and full of emotion. I felt that I was staring at Rothko’s work without even knowing who he really was and what his work looks like. I felt I was a part of his studio, his work space, his secluded life. And then there is Ken, I felt connected with Ken. He was so reserved at the beginning. Keeping his thoughts to himself while Rothko wanted more from him. He was obedient until both him and Rothko got into an argument that really put you into perspective with their situation. Lastly, the shocking turn of events at the end when Rothko fired Ken made me feel speechless. I felt just as confused as Ken. Rotko kept his reasoning as to why he was firing him, but Ken forced it out of him. The reason for the firing was so shocking and so relatable. I thoroughly enjoyed this play and I recommend it to anyone wishing to read an amazing play.
Red Pens & Rothko
Did you know…
According to tests performed by California State University, subjects using a red pen completed word stem exercises with more words pertaining to failure or poor performance, marked more errors in essays, and assigned lower overall grades to essays as opposed to those who used blue pens.
This is just one of the interesting effects of the color red, as explored by Robert J. Bliwise in “Seeing Red,” in the pursuit to understand the work of abstract artist Rothko.