Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon, Mural, Section 3 (1959), from “The Seagram Murals” via ArtInfo

From September 11 to October 14, 2012 the Belfry Theatre will present its new production of Red, the Tony Award-wining play by John Logan. Directed by Michael Shamata, Red stars Oliver Becker as painter Mark Rothko and Jameson Parker as Ken, his new assistant. Red is a co-production with the Manitoba Theatre Centre and will be performed in Winnipeg from October 31 – November 17, 2012.

Playwright John Logan is a celebrated screenwriter, having written screenplays for Any Given Sunday, Gladiator (Oscar nomination), The Aviator (Oscar Nomination), Star Trek: Nemesis, The Last Samurai, Hugo (Oscar nomination) and the film musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he received a Golden Globe award. Logan co-wrote the script for the new James Bond film, Skyfall, which will be released in the fall.


Oliver Becker plays Mark Rothko in Red by John Logan / Photo by Peter Pokorny


Logan’s Red is a dynamic play, delving deeply into the mind and motives of American Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko. The play takes place in 1958 – 59, when Rothko is at the height of his creative power. He has just received a commission (at the time the largest ever awarded to an artist) to paint a series of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building in New York.

Working with a young new apprentice and threatened by a new generation of painters (including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein), Rothko, the aging lion, struggles to create a timeless masterpiece: paintings that will speak about the human condition for generations.

Fierce and uncompromising, Rothko clashes with Ken over history, fame, art and commercialism and their riveting battles are simply electrifying.


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