Red (the play)

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Directed by Michael Grandage, Red brilliantly revisits John Logan’s play about Mark Rothko’s life (and death) and focuses on a significant episode of his oeuvre: the creation of the Seagram murals. Red is staged at the Wyndham Theatre.

Rothko’s visceral, impulsive and tormented quest for recognition and innovation is central to this amazing two-hour long performance.

Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed role as the American abstract expressionist painter. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch of US television drama series How to Get Away With Murder as his assistant Ken. The only change from the original 2009 presentation is the fabulous Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films) replacing Eddie Redmayne (another Tony Winner) as Rothko’s assistant Ken.

“On several occasions, Mark spoke of the importance of tragedy and tragic themes as stimuli for the creation of profound beauty. Rothko considered tragedy a theme worthy of art. He cited Greek theater and the way in which it dealt with the depth of human emotions and universal truths. Although the colors, composition, and levels of intensity change, heroic themes permeate his paintings,” Arne Glimcher founder of the Pace Gallery recounts. “Throughout the artist’s career, the act of painting was a “positive, exultant experience for him. His life’s work was the expression of pure emotion and color was his medium.”