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and Robert Gerbode as his assistant Ken.Martin Sampad Kachuck as the artist Mark Rothko

About RED at Actors' Theatre

Red is a moving and compelling account of Mark Rothko, the abstract expressionist painter, considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

In John Logan's multi-Tony winning play, Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.

Raw and provocative, Red is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting – and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists.

"Intense and exciting…a study in artist appreciation, a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts…RED captures the dynamic relationship between an artist and his creations." —NY Times.
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