Enthralling and provocative, RED is an electrifying portrait of one of the twenty century's greatest artists woven into a singularly unforgettable story.
The year is 1958 and master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art: a series of murals for New York's stylish Four Seasons restaurant.
Rothko works zealously with a young new assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. These two painters are borne, not only of different generations, but also of different artistic perspectives.
Just as Rothko's paintings are about tension between blocks of color, so the play itself is about opposing views of art. Over time, Ken gains the confidence to challenge Rothko, moving from obedient apprentice to articulate opponent.
RED is a searing portrait of the dichotomy of an artist's ambition and his vulnerability as Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that, when his work's significance is questioned, his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.
Mature themes and language. Though theatrical works do not offer a rating guidance system, we recommend this production for ages 15 and up, parental guidance suggested.