by John Logan

January 16 – February 2, 2014

Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Play 2010

Directed by Laura Gordon

Nate Burger
James DeVita


The buzz on Forward Theater Company's production of RED:

Jim DeVita Transforms in Forward's RED - Aaron Conklin, Stage Write/

Forward Theater's RED Probes the Psyche Behind Rothko's Art - Mike Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette

RED is a Tightly Focused Production About Art, Age and Self-Absorption - Jennifer Smith, Isthmus

Smart, Kinetic RED Shows DeVita's Impressive Range - Lindsay Christians,

Jim DeVita Paints Portrait of Rothko in Forward Theater's RED - Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On Looking - Jake Penner, Forward Theater Company Blog


The RED Raffle

Visit the RED table in the Playhouse lobby before or after the show and purchase tickets for a chance to win some incredible prizes!

1st Prize - Includes a private conversation on Rothko with an MMoCA curator for you and your friends, deluxe museum membership, Rothko-inspired gifts, a $100 gift card to Fresco restaurant, and MORE

2nd Prize - One night stay at HotelRED and a $100 gift card to HotelRED's restaurant, The Wise

3rd Prize - A bottle of red wine and a poster of RED, signed by James DeVita and Nate Burger

Tickets are $10. Get three tickets for just $25!

What is John Logan's RED?

In a New York studio on the Bowery, famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his young assistant the loaded question, “What do you see?”

It’s 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art — a set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. When his new assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons or be crushed by the art world he helped create.

Buffeted by the swiftly changing cultural tides of the early 1960s, Red is a startling snapshot of a brilliant artist at the height of his fame, a play hailed as “intense and exciting” by The New York Times.


"Red offers a captivating insight into the creative process, but more than that,
it illuminates an artist’s need for an audience and the terrifying vulnerability that creates."

— Terry Byrne, The Boston Globe


Chazen Museum Madison

RED Special Event at Chazen Museum

Saturday, February 1st at 5:00pm at Chazen Museum of Art Auditorium

Free to Public - No Reservations Necessary

Forward Theater Company invites you to an exclusive lecture at the Chazen Museum of Art Auditorium at 5:00 on Saturday, February 1st, to compliment our production of Red. Chazen is located at 750 University Ave, Madison.

Sarah K. Rich, an Associate Professor of Art History at Pennsylvania State University, will be giving a lecture entitled: "Rothko and Affect: How does it make us feel if a painting makes us feel?"

This lecture will give an introduction to the work of Mark Rothko and some of his Abstract Expressionist colleagues, with special attention to the ways in which art historians deal with paintings as things that may produce emotion within the viewer.

The Chazen Museum of Art is home to an "Untitled" 1968 painting by Mark Rothko. Tempera on paper mounted on cotton canvas, it was a bequest to the museum from Alexander and Henrietta W. Hollaender. Attendees are encouraged to view this work by Rothko in Chazen's Gallery XIII prior to the lecture, or during regular museum hours.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Chazen Art Museum and Forward Theater Company and is made possible by a generous grant from The John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation.



VSA Art  

Forward Theater and VSA Wisconsin Project

VSA Wisconsin and Forward Theater joined forces this winter to challenge perceptions and raise awareness about art and the creative process. In partnership with Forward's production of Red, VSA Wisconsin is presenting a corresponding exhibition “What is Art? A Showcase of Expressive Responses” created by adults with disabilities.

VSA Wisconsin is a statewide nonprofit organization that uses dance, drama, creative writing, music and visual art to celebrate the creative power and artistic accomplishments of people with disabilities. VSA Wisconsin’s choirs, artist residencies, art classes and workshops provide an outlet for creative expression and unlimited possibilities for personal, academic, and professional success.

Audience members for Red will be able to view samples of some of the VSA Wisconsin projects in the Playhouse Theatre lobby and talk more about this collaboration before performances. Patrons will also be invited to add their responses to "What is Art?".

All attendees and the public are invited to view more of the art works created by visiting VSA Wisconsin's exhibition, on view January 6 through April 10 at the VSA Wisconsin Gallery, 1709 Aberg Ave. in Madison. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm or by appointment. And on Friday, February 7, you can celebrate the exhibition at VSA Wisconsin’s Beat the Winter Blues party from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Forward Theater is proud to be a part of this collaboration with VSA Wisconsin, and looks forward to sharing the amazing art created as we present Red.



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This production is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.