John Golden Theatre, (4/01/2010 - 6/27/2010)

First Preview: Mar 11, 2010
Opening Date: Apr 01, 2010
Closing Date: Jun 27, 2010
Total Previews: 22
Total Performances: 101

Category: Play, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: New York, 1958

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie P. McClelland, Matthew Byam Shaw, Neal Street Productions, Fox Theatricals, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal and The Donmar Warehouse (Michael Grandage, Artistic Director)

Originally produced by The Donmar Warehouse (Michael Grandage, Artistic Director)

Written by John Logan; Music Composed by Adam Cork

Directed by Michael Grandage; Associate Director: Paul Hart

Scenic Design by Christopher Oram; Costume Design by Christopher Oram; Lighting Design by Neil Austin; Sound Design by Adam Cork; Associate Costume Design: Barry Doss; Associate Lighting Design: Pamela Kupper; Associate Sound Design: Chris Cronin

Donmar Executive Producer: James Bierman; General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Barbara Crompton

Production Stage Manager: Arthur Gaffin; Production Manager: Aurora Productions; Stage Manager: Jamie Greathouse

Casting: Anne McNulty; General Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Director of Marketing: Eric Schnall; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Alfred MolinaMark Rothko
Eddie Redmayne
Broadway Debut
Ken

Understudies: Gabriel Ebert (Ken) and Stephen Rowe (Mark Rothko)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2010 Best Play [winner] 

Written by John Logan; Produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie P. McClelland, Matthew Byam Shaw, Neal Street Productions, Fox Theatricals, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal and The Donmar Warehouse (Michael Grandage, Artistic Director)

 2010 Best Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Alfred Molina

winner 2010 Best Featured Actor in a Play [winner] 

Eddie Redmayne

winner 2010 Best Direction of a Play [winner] 

Michael Grandage

winner 2010 Best Scenic Design of a Play [winner] 

Christopher Oram

winner 2010 Best Lighting Design of a Play [winner] 

Neil Austin

winner 2010 Best Sound Design of a Play [winner] 

Sound Design by Adam Cork

Drama Desk Award

winner 2010 Outstanding Play [winner] 

Produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie P. McClelland, Matthew Byam Shaw, Neal Street Productions, Fox Theatricals, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal and The Donmar Warehouse (Michael Grandage, Artistic Director); Written by John Logan

 2010 Outstanding Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Alfred Molina

 2010 Outstanding Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Eddie Redmayne

winner 2010 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner] 

Neil Austin

 2010 Outstanding Music in a Play [nominee] 

Featuring songs by Adam Cork

 2010 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 

Christopher Oram

winner 2010 Outstanding Director of a Play [winner] 

Michael Grandage

Theatre World

winner 2010 Award [recipient] 

Eddie Redmayne

Reviews


AP: "'Red' examines an artist, act of creation"

"What do you see?"

They are the tantalizing first words of "Red," John Logan's engrossing, often enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation.

Not since "White. A blank page or canvas. His favorite. So many possibilities." the final thoughts from the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Sunday in the Park With George" has a statement produced such a shiver of anticipation and exhilaration.

And like "Sunday," a musical about French painter Georges Seurat, "Red," which opened Thursday at Broadway's Golden Theatre, focuses on a famous artist, American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. But unlike "Sunday" and its impoverished hero, "Red" depicts a financially successful man, critically lauded in his prime, yet growling about art, his fellow artists and life.

And the two-character play, set in the late 1950s, deals with an especially lucrative moment for Rothko, his painting of a series of murals for a swank restaurant, the Four Seasons, in the architecturally acclaimed Seagram Building on Park Avenue.

The question that opens "Red" is posed by Rothko to a young man, then hired by the artist to help him with the grunt work of creation: stretching canvases, mixing paint, cleaning brushes and applying ground color, which Rothko admonishes "is not painting."

That is the most elemental pleasure of "Red," watching Rothko, played by a beefy, bald Alfred Molina, and Ken, his new assistant (Eddie Redmayne), as they labor to create these murals. In one astonishing moment, the two men apply a coat of primer to canvas with an almost Dionysian fury and are physically spent by the hard work. So is the audience just by watching them.

In between, a bitter Rothko talks to his eager new employee in a furious eruption of words, words that are delivered by Molina with the fiercest of conviction. The actor inhabits Rothko completely, giving one of those unnerving performances that makes you believe in the possibility of reincarnation.

Redmayne is the perfect foil as the would-be acolyte. Despite being saddled with a melodramatic back story (he is haunted by his parents' murder years ago), the character grows throughout the play's swift-moving 90 minutes, changing from awed tentativeness to a more critical, almost combative observer of genius in action.

Logan, who wrote the screenplays for such diverse films as "Gladiator" and Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd," carefully develops this intriguing give-and-take. As Rothko rails and pontificates, Ken begins to needle. Rothko is not exactly a starving artist, Ken suggests, and the home for his latest works is not a contemplative, chapellike museum but an expensive watering hole for the titans of capitalism.

Rothko is also less than sympathetic about a younger generation of artists such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, Stella and Rauschenberg usurping his prominence, something, Ken points out, the painter himself did when he, Pollack, de Kooning and others took over from the cubists.

The production, under the immaculate, tightly focused direction of Michael Grandage, comes from London's Donmar Warehouse, where Grandage is artistic director. Grandage allows Rothko's barbed, brutish yet often insightful comments on art to unfold with a theatrical flair that educates as well as entertains. After experiencing "Red," "What do you see?" is a question audiences will be able to answer with enormous satisfaction.


AP
04/01/2010

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