Blackbird Theater wins rave reviews for Red, performed on Shamblin stage
By Janel Shoun-Smith on 10/15/2012
By John Logan
Directed by Mike Fernandez
One University Park Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
Cost is $17 for Thursday performance, and $20 for Friday and Saturday performances.
The Blackbird Theatre, Lipscomb University’s theater-company-in-residence, presents the Nashville premiere production of “Red,” 2009 Tony Award winner
for Best Play, Oct. 18-20. Written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan, “Red” delves unflinchingly into the work and ideas of famed artist Mark Rothko as he struggles to finish his paintings for the Four Seasons restaurant, one of the most lucrative and notorious commissions in the history of modern art.
“Because it’s written by a top Hollywood screenwriter, ‘Red’ has all the punch and precision of a great film,” says Blackbird’s Managing Director Greg Greene. “We love stories that explore the process of creation, and this show is one of the best about the power of great art and the pain in producing it.”
“Red” is directed by Mike Fernandez, chair of Lipscomb’s theatre department. The production stars Ronnie Meek, senior pastor of the Springhouse Worship and Arts Center in Smyrna, as Rothko, and Justin Boccitto, a long-time performer, director and producer in New York City and director of Lipscomb’s recent production of Hairspray.
Reviews for Red
Earlier this month, the production was declared one of Nashville’s best plays of the year and the Blackbird was called “one of the region’s most ambitious and most confident purveyors of quality theatricality” by Jeffrey Ellis of Nashville Broadway World.
Click here to see Nashville Broadway World’s review: “Blackbird Theatre's Stunning RED Is One of the Year's Best Plays”
Evans Donnell at ArtNash.com said, “Director Mike Fernandez and his collaborators have crafted a remarkable production.” He sums up with, “As their third season starts Blackbird Theater founders Wes Driver and Greg Greene continue to mount top-notch shows. Red is the perfect blend of their desire to produce fine works with the best available talent onstage and off.”
Click here to see ArtNash’s review: "Blackbird Paints Vivid Portrait with ‘Red’”
About Blackbird Theater
Lipscomb’s theater-company-in-residence, the Blackbird Theater, is a professional theater company focused on inventive original works, rarely produced plays by renowned playwrights and one-of-a-kind special events. Blackbird was founded by Greg Greene and Wes Driver, both Lipscomb alumni. Past productions include “Magic,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Twilight of the Gods” and “Arcadia.”