By John Logan
Directed by Craig A. Miller
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play
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 famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
Ryan Schabach & Charles Siebert appear through the courtesy of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Post Show Talk Back
Talk backs, immediately following the performance, are scheduled for: Saturday - 5/11, Thursday - 5/16, Sunday - 5/19. Thursday - 5/23, and Saturday - 5/25 (8:00 only).
What is a Post-Show Talk back?
A Post-Show Talk back at 6th Street Playhouse is an opportunity for a conversation between the audience and the artists. These discussions enlighten the play-going experience, deepen our understanding of the play, and demystify some of the secrets of the theatrical process. Most importantly they allow you, the audience, to ask the hard questions! Talk backs typically last 20-30 minutes immediately following the performance AND are free of charge – please join us!
"Red" at 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. This depiction of painter Mark Rothko wrestling with his soul is actually better than last year's very good Berkeley Rep production. Veteran actor Charles Siebert gives a much more nuanced interpretation of the autocratic artist, and Ryan Schabach brings real life to the part of the studio assistant. 6th Street's intimate studio theater is a more appropriate venue for this production than the cavernous space where it was done at Berkeley Rep. - Barry Willis, President SFBATCC
"Red" is a stunning visual triumph giving a glimpse into the mercurial and talented artist Rothko. Starring Charles Siebert with Ryan Schabach as his protégé, it's a fast-paced 90-minute wild ride through the back door of the contemporary art scene. The 6th StreetPlayhouse Studio Theatre is art-filled and ideal for this visceral piece. Don't miss it! - Cari Lynn Pace, Marinscope Newspapers/SFBATCC