by John Logan
January 16 – February 2, 2014
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Play 2010
Directed by Laura Gordon
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