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Red, by John Logan, winner of six Tony Awards in 2010.

Red, set in the late 1950s, in the Manhattan studio of the great Abstract Expressionist artist, Mark Rothko is a sizzling, intellectually thrilling two-character drama.

The play follows the initiation of Ken, a newly hired assistant, into the uncompromising aesthetic of Rothko (1903-1970), who at that time was working on a commissioned series of paintings for the new Four Seasons restaurant.



Was this well-paying commission a pathetic sell out that would undermine his creative soul? Or a rare chance to make superficial suits choke on their food without their really knowing why?

Rothko's dilemma with the Four Seasons murals is a conundrum that faces every artist who wants to make a living. There is always a demand for Apollonian art -- the grandiose, the confirmatory, the comforting, the pictures in the bank lobby, the wallpaper in a restaurant, the art on the walls of the rich. But the artist with the Dionysian soul often has to choose between poverty and compromise.

Red is a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts.

“I am here to stop your heart, you understand that?”
“I am here to make you think. . . . I am not here to make pretty pictures!”

A moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.

James Hagan and Will O’Mahony  
Director Lawrie Cullen-Tait
Set Designer Lawrie Cullen-Tait
Costume Designer Steve Nolan
Lighting Designer Andrew Portwine
Venue Subiaco Arts Centre
Preview Friday 12 August 7.30pm
Opens Saturday 13 August 7.30pm
Season Strictly Limited Season