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JAN 20 – MAR 11, 2012

Produced in association with
Goodman Theatre
By John Logan
Illustration by Ulla Puggaard

Directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls
Featuring 4-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero

in the Kreeger

Winner of Six Tony Awards
including Best Play

A visceral, “superbly taut” (Chicago Tribune) battle of wills, Red drops you squarely inside the world of painter Mark Rothko and sets your heart pounding. At the height of his career, Rothko struggles with a series of grand-scale paintings for NY’s elite Four Seasons restaurant. When his new assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons or be crushed by the ever-changing art world he helped create.

Red runs approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

WARNING: This production features real cigarette smoke.


“Immensely enjoyable.”

— Washington Post

“Stunning … Gero's portrayal of Rothko is
soulful and deeply felt.”

— Washington Examiner

“The ‘Must See’ of the season!”

— MD Theatre Guide

“Thrilling … Mr. Gero and Mr. Andrews work magic.”

— DC Theatre Scene

Red is a masterpiece.”

— Pink Line Project

American Voices

John Logan

John Logan

It was the paintings. It all comes back to the Seagram’s Murals for me. I was working in London and I happened to go to the Tate Modern museum. Walking into that room and being among those grand and brooding murals for the first time was almost overpowering. They touched me, mostly because of their sense of profound seriousness. I read the little description on the wall of the gallery and knew, immediately, there was a play in Rothko’s complicated relationship with his work. Almost as immediately I knew it had to be a two-hander, to reflect the vibrant interplay of the colors on the canvasses. For me Red has always been binary: red/black; light/dark; young/old; teacher/student; father/son. In the end if you don’t like the play, blame me, not the paintings. They are mute, magnificent and unassailable.