Here's a clever promotional idea for Blackbird Theater's upcoming Lipscomb University production of the 2010 Tony winner Red, in which playwright/screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator) imagines painter Mark Rothko engaging an assistant in a pitched battle of words and philosophy in his 1950s studio, his controversial commission for The Four Seasons restaurant looming ahead.
The Blackbird has already issued at least one video teaser for the two-man show, opening tomorrow and running for the next three weekends at Shamblin Theater with Ronnie Meek and Justin Boccitto under Mike Fernandez's direction. Now it delivers two more, labeled "Apollo" and "Dionysus" — the terms of the Nietzschean debate at the play's center, as Logan's Rothko wrestles with the spiritual emptiness he intends his art to fill.
Above, Apollo. Below, Dionysus. Which one's better?