Red

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September 17 – October 30, 2011 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 95 minutes

Full-blooded and visceral, the Tony Award-winning Red takes you into the mind of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, for whom paintings are "pulsating" life forces and art is intended to stop the heart.

Red chronicles the tormented painter's two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant, and his fraught relationship with a seemingly naïve young assistant, who must choose between appeasing his mentor—and changing the course of art history. Set amid the swiftly changing cultural tide 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 The New York Times.

Red is produced in association with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Molly Smith, Artistic Director | Edgar Dobie, Managing Director

  • RED: Painting Choreography

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  • Red - Rehearsal to Stage
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  • Red Production Photos
    Mark Rothko (Edward Gero) contemplates the meaning of his work.

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    (l to r) Ken (Patrick Andrews) and Rothko (Edward Gero) work feverishly to prime a canvas for one of Rothko’s murals.

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    (l to r) Ken (Patrick Andrews) hands Rothko (Edward Gero) a brush as he has a sudden urge to begin painting.

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    Rothko (Edward Gero) speaks to his assistant about art and why he paints the way he paints.

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    Ken (Patrick Andrews) tries to understand the reason Rothko paints the way he does.

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    Ken (Patrick Andrews) helps Ken (Patrick Andrews) fades into darkness after being berated by his mentor Rothko (Edward Gero).

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    Ken (Patrick Andrews) helps Rothko with the framework for his murals.

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    Rothko (Edward Gero) adjusts the lighting in his studio in order to see his murals the way the way he thinks they should be seen.

  • Red Rehearsal Photos
    Patrick Andrews (Ken) and Edward Gero (Rothko) prepare their canvas in a recent rehearsal for John Logan’s Red, directed by Robert Falls.

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    (l to r) Patrick Andrews (Ken) is confronted by his mentor Mark Rothko played by Edward Gero during a recent rehearsal for John Logan’s Red, directed by Robert Falls.

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    (l to r) Edward Gero (Rothko) and Patrick Andrews (Ken) practice priming a canvas during a recent rehearsal for John Logan’s Red, directed by Robert Falls.

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    (l to r) Edward Gero (Rothko) and Patrick Andrews (Ken) practice priming a canvas during a recent rehearsal for John Logan’s Red, directed by Robert Falls.

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    Patrick Andrews takes on the role of Mark Rothko’s assistant Ken, in John Logan’s Red directed by Robert Falls.

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    Edward Gero is Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Red, directed by Robert Falls.

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    (r to l) Edward Gero (Rothko) and Patrick Andrews (Ken) rehearse a scene from John Logan’s Red directed by Robert Falls.

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    Robert Falls directs Edward Gero who plays Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Red.

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    Rothko (Edward Gero) shares a touching moment with his assistant Ken (Patrick Andrews) as he urges him to find his own artistic voice.

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    Rothko (Edward Gero) and Ken (Patrick Andrews) work together to prime one of Rothko’s canvases.

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    Mark Rothko (Edward Gero) studies his work at his Manhattan studio.

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    Ken (Patrick Andrews) recalls a painful memory from his childhood at his mentor’s studio.

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    Rothko (Edward Gero) takes his frustration out on Ken (Patrick Andrews) after visiting the restaurant where his paintings will be displayed.

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    Rothko (Edward Gero) loses his inspiration to paint after Ken (Patrick Andrews) speaks out of turn.

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    Ken (Patrick Andrews) studies one of Rothko’s murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant.

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    Rothko (Edward Gero) studies one of his murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant.

  • Red Rehearsal Photos
    Director Robert Falls speaks to the company of John Logan's Red during a recent rehearsal.


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    Patrick Andrews takes on the role of Mark Rothko’s assistant Ken, in John Logan's Red directed by Robert Falls.

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    Edward Gero is Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Red, directed by Robert Falls.

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    (center) Director Robert Falls speaks to members of the production team at a recent rehearsal for John Logan’s Red.

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  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Season Opening Benefit Co-Chairs Roger and Julie Baskes, Linda and Peter Bynoe and Sherry and Tom Barrat

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Dr. Christopher M. Kelly and Goodman Trustee Shawn M. Donnelley

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Season Opening Benefit Co-Chair Sara F. Szold and Red playwright John Logan

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Corporate Co-Chairs Rodney L. Goldstein and Elaine R. Leavenworth

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Penny Pritzker and Benefit Honoree Madeleine Grynsztejn (Pritzker Director for the Museum of Contemporary Art)

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Goodman Chairman Ruth Ann M. Gillis, Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Immediate Past Chairman and Benefit Honoree Patricia Cox, and Season Opening Benefit Co-Chair and Life Trustee Peter Bynoe

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    John Hart and Goodman Life Trustee Carol Prins, Chairman Ruth Ann M. Gillis, and director of Red and Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls, and Immediate Past Chairman and Benefit Honoree Patricia Cox

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Goodman Life Trustee Sondra A. Healy and Denis Healy

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Goodman Trustee Vicki V. Hood and Red playwright John Logan

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Russ and Tracy Scurto with Bob Clifford and Women’s Board President Joan Clifford

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Alfred L. McDougal and Goodman Trustee Nancy Lauter McDougal

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Red playwright John Logan, Patrick Andrews, Ed Gero and director of Red and Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Goodman Life Trustee Lewis Manilow and Susan Manilow

  • Season Opening Benefit featuring RED
    Elissa Efroymson and trustee Adnaan Hamid

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  • Oct 26 2011
    Seeing Red: Rothko in Pop Culture  

    Seeing Red: Rothko in Pop Culture

    Mark Rothko, Red

    In Red, playwright John Logan paints Mark Rothko as the anti-cool, anti-pop, anti-name-brand-recognition man. As I watched the play and heard Rothko furiously exclaim the likes of Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol were “…trying to kill [him]!” I couldn’t help but wonder what he’d think of his own place in pop culture today.

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  • Sep 21 2011
    A Chicago Guide to Red  

    A Chicago Guide to Red

    Mark Rothko, Red

    While Red primarily explores the life and work of Mark Rothko, it also briefly mentions two of Rothko's celebrated contemporaries—Mies van der Rohe and Jackson Pollock, two artists whose work is featured prominently throughout Chicago. Today, we take a tour through the city to find local relics of these artistic luminaries.

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