"What do you see?" "What is art - and who gets to decide?" Famed abstract impressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his new assistant, Ken, these loaded questions. It's 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art - a series of murals for New York s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. He and Ken work feverishly in his New York studio "until Ken begins to realize his answers to those fundamental questions about art are very different than his mentor's. When Ken gains the confidence to challenge his mentor, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Winner of six Tony Awards in 2010, this sizzling 90-minute drama makes us all question is there true art in the face of searing ambition? Or does an artist 'sell out' for commercial success?
Disclaimer: This is best enjoyed by teen & adult audiences.
"Red is the kind of play that gets you thinking and talking about your own life."
- Chicago Tribune
Mark Rothko - DAN COYNE
Ken - JACK REED
Assistant Stage Mgr/Floor Crew - PHILIP VANORMAN
Light Board Operator - LISA BRANNAN
Sound Board Operator - TORRI JO MITCHELL
* Denotes Civic Debut | + Denotes Academy of Theatre Arts Student
Director - STEPHEN CARVER
Scenic Designer - DAVID KYHN
Costume/Hair/Makeup Designer - EMILY WALSH
Lighting & Sound Designer - ANNMARIE MILLER
Properties Master - STACY BARTELL
Technical Director - PHILLIP A. MILLER
Assistant Director - JACKI STAHR
Stage Manager - SARAH MOUNT
Friday, March 2nd at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30pm (Post Show Creative Conversation)
Sunday, March 4th at 2:00pm
Friday, March 9th at 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday, March 10th at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 11th at 2:00pm
Friday, March 16th at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 17th at 7:30pm
Red contains frank discussions about life, descriptions of death, occasional profanity and will be best enjoyed by prepared high school and adult audiences.
Why We Chose This Show
This winner of the 2010 Tony for best play, John Logan's play Red is a fiercely intense and thought provoking window into the nature of art, the life of an artist and the act of creation. Red is an electrifying play of ideas that finds dramatic success in its exploration of Mark Rothko's inner demons, his life as a ground breaking abstract artist and his passion for art.
The Parish Theatre
405 W. Lovell St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Parish Theatre are general seating. We recommend arriving early. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.
Photos Courtesy of Katherine Mumma