Overview


Synopsis

John Logan’s taut, visceral two-hander, Red, features artist Mark Rothko at the height of his career.  Viewed through the lens of his youthful new assistant, Ken, we witness Rothko at the pinnacle of his creativity, but struggling through the creation of a series of large paintings, commissioned as a series intended to feature in New York’s brand-new Four Seasons Restaurant.  As Ken and Rothko paint, they challenge each other to ask big questions about art:  what it takes to create it and what its role should be in the world.  Set in the 1950s, and based on a series of real events, Red takes a compelling look at the ever-changing relationship between an artist and his creations.  


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Ken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Book
Category
Number of Acts
1 Act
Tony Award ®
Best Play 2010
First Produced
2009
Genres
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
mark rothko’s studio, 222 bowery, new york city, ~1958-1959
Cast Size
Ideal For
professional theatre, community theatre, small cast, male cast, star vehicle - male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult characters

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