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Red



October 23, 2013 - November 10, 2013

Written by John Logan
Directed by Robert Hupp


Contains adult language.


WINNER OF SIX TONY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST PLAY

While the name Rothko may not have been a part of your consciousness, his works surely have. Rothko's canvases feature layers of emotion with each brush stroke: Bold reds, geometric shapes and streaks of color literally bleeding one into the other.

Rothko specially designed his paint to be fast drying so he could layer quickly and work in the moment. Groundbreaking in its day, Rothko’s masterpieces fetch in the millions of dollars and the influence of his work is still being felt.

"Red is a brushstroke of genius...delighting audiences with artistic fervor. Superb acting and a fascinating story." - InArkansas.com

"Red is a masterpiece...an emotional freight train, with profound and often funny dialog...The Rep and the Arkansas Arts Center's decision to collaborate was a terrific move." - Arkansas Times

"...see Graves in a masterful performance..." - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center’s exhibit “Mark Rothko in the 1940’s: The Decisive Decade,” The Rep is thrilled to stage the revealing Rothko drama 
Red. Rep Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp directs Red, which will star Rep favorite Joe Graves (Othello, The Tempest, Of Mice and Men, Moonlight and Magnolias) as the abstract artist Mark Rothko.

Joseph Graves as Mark Rothko


             The artist Mark Rothko

“There is a wealth of anti-hero dramas currently ablaze in popular culture: House of Cards, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire. Red is certainly in that mold: Rothko is egocentric, single-minded, obsessed with perfection and his legacy. But he is also empathetic,” explains Hupp.

“Seeing himself in his young assistant, he forces the young man to confront his past and gather the aesthetic tools he needs to make his way as an artist. Exacting and uncompromising, Rothko challenges the young artist to find his own voice.”

Written by John Logan (whose Hollywood screenplays include “Hugo,” “Gladiator” and “Skyfall”) and set in Rothko’s studio on the Bowery, Red drops you squarely inside the world of the painter and sets your heart pounding, chronicling the tormented artist’s two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant.


This production provides a rare glimpse of an artist through the lens of his relationship with his naïve young assistant, who must choose between appeasing his mentor—and changing the course of art history. When his assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons or be crushed by the ever-changing art world he helped create. 
 

The Rep’s first-time partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center provides a depth of artistic exploration never before offered to Little Rock audiences. Amid the swiftly changing cultural tide of the late 1950s, Red is a startling snapshot of a brilliant artist at the height of his fame, providing Arkansans a unique opportunity to witness both the artists’ life and work, all within a five mile radius.


Cast

Joseph Graves* ... Mark Rothko
Chris Wendelken * ... Ken

Crew

Resident Set Designer/Technical Director: Mike Nichols
Costume Designer: Shawn Sturdevant
Lighting Designer: Justin A. Partier
Sound Designer: Allan Branson
Properties Designer: Lynda J. Kwallek
Director: Robert Hupp
AEA Stage Manager: Danny Kuenzel*

Additional Info

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Call The Rep Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or visit tickets.therep.org for tickets to Red, on stage Oct. 25 – Nov. 10.

“Mark Rothko in the 1940’s: The Decisive Decade” on display at the Arkansas Arts Center

Oct. 25 – Feb. 9, 2014.



PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS

BETWEEN STAGE AND SCREEN
Thursday, Oct. 17 | Laman Library | 2801 Orange Street | 6 p.m.

“Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film”

Where does the artist Mark Rothko fit into the art world of the 1960s? In association with The Rep’s production of the Rothko drama Red, a member of the creative team will host a brief discussion on Rothko and the art world he helped to create, followed by an exclusive screening of the PBS documentary “Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film.” This event is free to the public.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT
Wednesday, October 23 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wed., Oct. 23 patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 24 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.   
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
A preshow talk will take place on the set of Red with Director Bob Hupp, Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman, Chief Curator Brian Lang and members of the creative team.

Preview Night Hosted by AY Magazine                    
Thursday, October 24 | 6-7 p.m.

Join us at 6:15 p.m. for a Preshow discussion with Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and special guests from the Arkansas Arts Center as they discuss John Logan's drama Red and the art exhibit "Mark Rothko in the 1940's: The Decisive Decade." Then join us for the play Red at 7 p.m.


OPENING NIGHT
Friday, October 25 | 8 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

Opening Night for Red will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series
Friday, October 25 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, cast members Joseph Graves andChris Wendelken and Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman as they discuss John Logan's raw and revealing drama Red and the Art Center's exhibit "Mark Rothko in the 1940's: The Decisive Decade."
Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of Avenue Q for a panel discussion on this unique puppet musical. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=40#sthash.rj1cPBeZ.dpuf
Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of Avenue Q for a panel discussion on this unique puppet musical. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=40#sthash.rj1cPBeZ.dpuf

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of Avenue Q for a panel discussion on this unique puppet musical. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=40#sthash.rj1cPBeZ.dpuf
Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations.

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER NIGHT
Oct. 29th | 601 Main Street | 7:00 p.m.

Use code “ART” for half-price tickets to Red on The Rep stage! Then join us in Foster's after the show for an in-depth discussion with Bob Hupp and Todd Herman. 

Post-Show Salon at The Rep
Wednesday, October 30 at 8:30 p.m. (show at 7 p.m.)

After the performance of Red, Bob Hupp and Todd Herman will discuss the collaboration between The Rep and the AAC in Foster’s Lounge on the First Mezzanine.

CRAFT BEER NIGHT at The Rep
Thursday, October 31 | Foster's in The Rep
No tricks, all treats! The Rep will be serving $2-$4 craft beers on Halloween night in Foster's lounge before the performance of Red. Enjoy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, New Belgium's Fat Tire and Pumpkick or  Blue Moon's Belgian White Ale, while supplies last. Must be 21 or up.
Plus, wear red on Halloween Night and receive a special treat! 

Post-Show Salon at The Rep
Friday, November 1 at 9:30 p.m. (show at 8 p.m.)

After the performance of Red, Bob Hupp and Todd Herman will discuss the collaboration between The Rep and the AAC in Foster’s Lounge on the First Mezzanine.

Post Show Salon at The Rep
Saturday, November 2 at 9:30 p.m. (Show at 8 p.m.)

After the performance of Red, Bob Hupp, Todd Herman and local artist Matt McLeod will discuss Rothko’s life and work in Foster’s Lounge on the First Mezzanine.

SIGN INTERPRETATION

The performance of Red on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. will be sign interpreted for the hearing impaired.

PERFORMANCE RUN
Red will run for three weeks with performances from October 25-November 10, 2013, Wednesday through Sunday.

SHOW TIMES
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday evening performances 8 p.m.  Sunday Matinees performances 2 p.m. 

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