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Fall Black Box Opens This Week

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Hadley Davis

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Red, this year’s Black Box production, is an instinctual two-man play centered around artist Mark Rothko through the eyes of his young assistant, Ken. The audience follows Rothko’s story as he struggles with a series of four large paintings for New York’s new Four Seasons restaurant. As the two artists paint they challenge each other to ask questions about art: what role it should play in the world and what it takes to create it.

The young artists of BHS involved in the production of Red have been hard at work perfecting their craft in preparation for this Thursday’s and Saturday’s performances. Senior Michaela Wilson, the student director of the acting department, said that she chose Red due to its all-male cast and the importance of its message to her fellow artists.

While Red is a modest and intimate play, just as much work and preparation went into this production than any other play the high school puts on.

“The text of the play is extremely intelligent and required so much research.” Wilson said. “Just the amount of props we needed for the show required asking around and collecting everything from the very first rehearsal.”

Matthew Coordsen, who plays Ruthko in this year’s Black Box, is a seasoned actor when it comes to Bartlesville drama productions, alongside costar Garrett Lee, playing Ken. Although Coordsen does not have a favorite type of production to perform in, he expresses his enjoyment of the “intimacy and intensity” that only smaller productions, like Red, can provide.

As creatives working on a play about creatives, the play has taken on a whole other meaning for the entire production team. Black Box style plays traditionally hold true to reality and tend to deal with deeply profound and powerful subject matters.

“It’s a very humbling process,” Coordsen said. “It reminds me how important listening to other people’s ideas and considering them are.”

Coordsen believes this is a message everyone, whether creative or not, should learn and take to heart. He strongly encourages students to see Red as this play does a great job of showing just this message.

Catch this semester’s Black Box this Thursday and Saturday. Students can buy tickets in the acting room for $5 before the show and $8 at the door. Adults can get their tickets before the show for $8 and $10 at the door.

 

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