‘Red’ brings Rothko to CMCA

Feb 08, 2014
Photo by: David Lyman David Troup, right, plays Mark Rothko and Max Waszak plays his assistant Ken in the Everyman Rep production of “Red.”

Rockport — Everyman Repertory Theatre, in collaboration with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, will present “Red” by John Logan over three weekends, opening Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. Performances will be Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through March 2.

The play, about Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko, will be performed at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. During the mid-1930s, Rothko became a member of the group of New York artists known as The Ten and was one of the driving forces in abstract art in mid-20th-century America. Set in the late 1950s, “Red” depicts Rothko shortly after he had received one of the biggest commissions in the history of American art, to provide a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant.

In his multi-Tony Award-winning play, Logan does not simply show Rothko and his assistant Ken talking about art; they create it on stage, with a blistering attack on a canvas primed for the commission. Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council, the production features Everyman Rep company member David Troup as Rothko and Max Waszak as Ken in his Everyman debut.

Waszak is a North Carolina native, a recent Brooklyn resident and now a Maine-based storyteller, having worked at the New York Classical Theatre, Triad Stage and, recently, as a member of the repertory company at the Theater at Monmouth. The play is directed by Mim Bird.

Brandon Koons designed the show. Although he has lit a number of Everyman Rep shows, this is his first scenic design since working in Boston. John Whiteside, another recent Maine resident, also joins the troupe from a long career as a professional stage manager and technical director, most recently in Boston.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at door, and $10 students. Tickets are available by calling 236-0173; at Owl and Turtle and HAV II, Camden; Reading Corner, Rockland; and Bella Books, Belfast; or online at everymanrep.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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