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RED

"This production, played out in a gloriously-paint-splattered, artist’s-studio setting, is a well-acted, compelling, insightful drama that assaults your senses and challenges your sensibilities." 

Robin Waples (Sault Star)

Location
St. Mary's College Community Theatre
868 Second Line East

IYE is proud to announce that their presentation of John Logan's RED will be the inaugural theatrical presentation at the St. Mary's College Theatre. While the theatre remains a work in progress, it presents an exciting space filled with creative potential for RED. The theatre provides a very comfortable, air conditioned, intimate atmosphere for its audience and ample opportunities for inventive staging for a theatre company. Information regarding the  Grand Opening coming soon!

Cast
Steven Mccarthy*

Steven McCarthy is an acclaimed actor, director, and musician. A graduate of The National theatre school of Canada's prestigious acting programme, he returned to the school in 2010 as the sole candidate selected for a unique, one-year directing intensive.

 

Since then productions such as Bliss, Malaria Lullaby, and Boblo, which combined elements of circus, dance, trapeze, and rock and roll, have earned him acclaim across the country.

 

In film and television he has played a wide variety of leading roles for such directors as Guillermo del Toro, Ken Finkelman, Kate Melville and Robert Harmon in productions as diverse as The Strain, HBO Canada's Good God, the indie hit Picture Day, and A&E's The Crossing.  He is also featured in Global's Mary Kills People.

The ElastoCitizens, McCarthy's epic ten-piece funk band, are cult favourites on the Toronto indie music scene. As one of the stars of The Steps, an ensemble comedy that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2015, McCarthy shares the screen with Christine Lahti, James Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jason Ritter.

"o negative", which he wrote, directed, performs in and produced, is his first film. It was named one of the top ten short films of the year in 2015 by TIFF.

Watch "o negative" here (warning mature content).

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0565327/mediaviewer/rm1994078208

Steven McCarthy's website:  here

 photo credit : Anne-Marie Baribeau

* The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy.

Jonas Trottier

Jonas is an actor and writer living in Toronto, Ontario.

 

When he attended St. Mary's College, he worked extensively with Joseph Lauzon and Loretta Durat, acting in several of Theatre SMC's award-winning productions including playing the title role (Guildenstern) in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead.

 

He has since graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Theatre Studies, and is currently training in the acting conservatory at George Brown College.

He appreciates the opportunity to come back and take the stage in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie and is delighted to be involved in such a provocative piece as John Logan's Red opposite acclaimed actor, Steven McCarthy with Joseph and Loretta at the helm.

The Directors

Loretta Durat & Joseph Lauzon (to see their bios go here)

Stage Management
Alexandria Mccauley 

Alexandria (Alex) McCauley is an actress currently attending Interlochen Arts Academy and is from Sault Set Marie, Ontario. 

 

Past theatre productions include Our Town, Schoolhouse, Hello Dolly, Oliver!, Urinetown, Rent, A Flea in Her Ear, My Fair Lady, Strange Heaven, Controlling Interest, The Disposal, and two years of Interlochen’s One Act Festival

 

She is currently working on a production of “The Drowning Girls” in the Fringe North International Theatre Festival. 

Consultant
Michael Burtch

Michael Burtch, a graduate of Queens University in Kingston, is the retired Director-Curator of the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art History and Research Associate with the Nordik Institute at Algoma University. He is a sculptor and a sound artist with an extensive exhibition history.

 

As an art historian Burtch has published numerous articles and catalogues on artists including J. Barry, David Bierk, Ken Danby, John Howlin and Evan Penny and most recently he contributed his curatorial essay to the Art Gallery of Algoma's “One Hundred Years of Art in the Sault”. His book “Hymn to the Sun” about the early work of Jack Bush accompanied a national tour of the artist’s work.  

He was engaged in a major research project with Gary and Joanie McGuffin on the Group of Seven. The project entailed extensive research and field study with the goal of identifying, documenting and interpreting exact sites in Algoma and Superior’s north shore where members of this famous group of artists painted their iconic works. A documentary film, commissioned by TVO and produced by White Pine Pictures, was released in  October  2015 for  broadcast.  In 2017  the  film won a  Canadian

Screen Award, the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research. (see news article here and here.)

http://www.michaelburtch.org/Assets/home.html

Painting Consultant
Allison Huot
Allison Huot

Allison Huot (b. 1982) is a visual artist in Sudbury, ON. She obtained her BFA and studied under acclaimed artist, Michael Burtch. She has exhibited her work across Ontario in solo and group exhibitions, and her distinctive style and thematic concerns have made their way into private collections across the country. She is represented by Rupert Young, Toronto, ON.

https://allisonhuot.com/

Works:  https://allisonhuot.com/works/

Producer: Thomas Brandstetter

Technical Director: Rob Rock

The Author

John Logan is a prolific American playwright, screenwriter and producer. 

 

In addition to Logan’s smash hit Red which won six Tony Awards in 2010, Logan has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Gladiator (2000, directed by Ridley Scott), The Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011) (both directed by Martin Scoresese).  John Logan won A Golden Globe Award for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) which he produced and wrote the adapted screenplay for.

Logan’s recent feature films include Any Given Sunday (1999), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), Rango (2011), Coriolanus  (2011) Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2014) and the soon to be released Genius (2016) starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, and Nicole Kidman and the exciting sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott. 

The Story

A moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise become his ultimate undoing.

 

Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. (Dramatists Play Service)

At the play’s center is the prickly relationship between the blustering, hard drinking, cantankerous Rothko and his seemingly naïve young assistant, Ken.  Ken eventually rises from his status as Rothko’s whipping boy and gopher to become that young artist who must choose between appeasing his mentor or changing the course of art history. Set amid the swiftly changing cultural tide of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Red is a startling snapshot of the passing of the torch from one generation to the next. 

"If you are only moved by color relationships, you are missing the point. I am interested in expressing the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom."

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