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This personal cosmic baseball game is between actors playing the roles in a play about an abstract expressionist artist. Writer John Logan's RED was the most honored play at the 2010 Tony Awards, including the honor for best play. The story, set in an artist's studio, dramatizes Mark Rothko, a real painter, and his interaction with a (fictional) young assistant. Rothko is working on paintings to be hung in a restaurant. The cosmic baseball game looks at the psychodrama performed on the field of play.

Playwright (John Logan): It's a story about [Rothko's] artistic journey. It's a story about money and art but mostly it's a story about his relationship with his protege. It's about a young man's relationship with an old man, a student and a teacher, a son and a father."

Actor (Patrick Andrews, Ken): There's so many examples in culture of radical change happening and I think Logan is exploring pressure cooking all of that into one art studio that happens to be Rothko and an assistant.

Actor (Edward Gero, Mark Rothko): Rothko is probably the most influential and maybe the most famous American painter that many people don't know.

KEN ACTORS @ ROTHKO ACTORS
A Personal Cosmic Baseball Game

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When a baseball game opens up with a fielding error, stolen bases, a triple, and a home run, you know it's going to be a strange game. But actually, after the Ken Actors scored four weird runs in the first inning, things settled down and this was a well-played game, for the most part.

The Ken Actors won with only one earned run; in baseball unearned runs win games just like earned runs. But we ae are still trying to account for the fact that despite 11 hits, the Rothko Actors could only score 2 runs.

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KEN ACTORS Roster
Jack Cutmore-Scott Thirdbase
Patrick Andrews Leftfield
Ryan Didato Rightfield
David Coomber Centerfield
Matthew Carlson Secondbase
Karl Baker Olson Firstbase
Haley Joel Osment Shortstop
Sean Glazebrook Catcher
Eddie Redmayne Pitcher
ROTHKO ACTORS Roster
Jeff Still Firstbase
Brian Dykstra Centerfield
Edward Gero Rightfield
Gregg Weiner Shortstop
Jim Mezon Secondbase
Michael Hurst Leftfield
Thomas Derrah Thirdbase
Stephen Rowe Catcher
Alfred Molina Pitcher
Rothko at the White House

David Levine- Matter of Rothko

Art and the CIA


Score Card

  Inn. 1: Ken Actors
[Starter] Molina
Cutmore-Scott     E-6        . . X
Andrews           6          . . X
*SB:Cutmore-Scott SB         . X .
Didato            3B         X . . 1
Coomber           1B         . . X 1
Carlson           8          . . X
*SB:Coomber       SB         . X .
Olson             HR         . . . 2
Osment            5-3        . . .
     Inn. 1: Rothko Actors
[Starter] Redmayne
Still             7          . . .
Dykstra           1B         . . X
Gero              5-4-3 DP   . . .
     Inn. 2: Ken Actors
Glazebrook        1B         . . X
Redmayne          5-4 FO     . . X
Cutmore-Scott     5-4 F      . . X
*SB:Cutmore-Scott SB         . X .
Andrews           8          . X .
     Inn. 2: Rothko Actors
Weiner            1B         . . X
Mezon             4          . . X
Hurst             6-4 F      . . X
Derrah            8          . . X
     Inn. 3: Ken Actors
Didato            8          . . .
Coomber           8          . . .
Carlson           7          . . .
     Inn. 3: Rothko Actors
Rowe              2B         . X .
Molina            5-3        . X .
Still             2B         . X . 1
Dykstra           5-3        . X .
Gero              8          . X .
     Inn. 4: Ken Actors
Olson             5-3        . . .
Osment            2B         . X .
Glazebrook        1-3        . X .
Redmayne          5-3        . X .
     Inn. 4: Rothko Actors
Weiner            8          . . .
Mezon             K          . . .
Hurst             BB         . . X
Derrah            3UN        . X .
     Inn. 5: Ken Actors
Cutmore-Scott     2B         . X .
Andrews           8          . X .
Didato            7          . X .
Coomber           7          . X .
     Inn. 5: Rothko Actors
Rowe              1B         . . X
Molina            2-3 SAC    . X .
Still             BB         . X X
Dykstra           2B         X X . 1
Gero              5-3        X X .
Weiner            8          X X .
     Inn. 6: Ken Actors
Carlson           K          . . .
Olson             7          . . .
Osment            E-9        . X .
Glazebrook        BB         . X X
Redmayne          7          . X X
     Inn. 6: Rothko Actors
Mezon             BB         . . X
Hurst             7          . . X
X@2:Mezon         CS 2-6     . . .
Derrah            BB         . . X
Rowe             51B         . X X
Molina            6          . X X
     Inn. 7: Ken Actors
Cutmore-Scott     1B         . . X
Andrews           6-3        . X .
Didato            4-3        X . .
Coomber           5-3        X . .
     Inn. 7: Rothko Actors
Still             7          . . .
Dykstra           1B         . . X
Gero              1B         . X X
Weiner            8          . X X
Mezon             6          . X X
     Inn. 8: Ken Actors
Carlson           5-3        . . .
Olson             HBP        . . X
Osment            6-3        . X .
Glazebrook        8          . X .
     Inn. 8: Rothko Actors
Hurst             1B         . . X
Derrah            3-6 F      . . X
Rowe              BB         . X X
Molina             UN-3 DP   . X .
     Inn. 9: Ken Actors
Redmayne          8          . . .
Cutmore-Scott     HBP        . . X
Andrews           6-4-3 DP   . . .
     Inn. 9: Rothko Actors
Still             1B         . . X
Dykstra           7          . . X
Gero              5-3        . X .
Weiner            5-3        . X .



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Game Notes

Game Date January 25, 2012
Game Duration 2 hours, 50 minutes
Weather 68o, overcast
Attendance Undisclosed
Umpires Frank Lloyd, Bernard Reis, Theodoros Stamos
Official Scorer Harry Cooper at the National Gallery of Art



Harry Cooper
Game's Most Cosmic Player [MCP] Olson-related Link



Karl Baker Olson

OEDIPUS RED

The KEN ACTORS won this cosmic baseball game because RED isn't really about painting or art. As playwright Logan says, it's about a relationship. The Ken character really isn't a composite of the various younger assistants Rothko employed. This is a psychodrama about the Freudian child as father to the man...and it leaks Oedipus red everywhere you look.

Rothko is the Subject of RED

The Making of RED- An Actor's Blog

Mark Rothko-National Gallery of Art Inventory

Mark Rothko at ArtStory.com

Rothko's studio at Arena Stage

Rothko as surrealist in his pre-abstract years

In the Rothko Room

Washington: Rothko Capital

The Rothko Case

The Space Between Part 1: Rothko's RED



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