ONSTAGE @ THE CLARK WELCOMES WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL FOR FREE READING OF AWARD-WINNING PLAY

For Immediate Release
 
August 4, 2014

Williamstown, MA—The Clark Art Institute’s “Onstage @ the Clark” series, which features performers from local cultural institutions, continues on Monday, August 11 at 5 pm with a reading of an excerpt of the Tony Award-winning play Red by American playwright John Logan. Directed by Danny Sharron and featuring Tom Nelis and Ryan Melia, Red is the story of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.
 
Having just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, Rothko begins to work feverishly on a series of grand canvasses for the Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhattan. With a new, bright-eyed assistant by Rothko's side, the master painter struggles to create some of the most enduring works of twentieth century art.
 
The free performance will be held in the Clark’s auditorium; no reservations are required.
 
Rothko’s iconic No. 1 is currently installed in the Clark’s exhibition Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975. The exhibition is on view in the Tadao Ando-designed Clark Center through October 13.
 
ABOUT WTF
 
Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires since 1955. While best known for its acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
 
The Clark Art Institute is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Opening season hours: Galleries open daily from July 4 through October 13, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm (Tuesdays until 6 pm and Fridays until 7 pm in July and August). From October 14, 2014 through June 30, 2015: Galleries open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20 through October 31, 2014 and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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Amanda Powers
The Clark
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