Red Examines Artists and Their Art at International City Theatre
2013-07-23 · By Editor
International City Theatre presents Red,the fiery and fiercely funny Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award winner for Best Play by John Logan.
When abstract expressionist and celebrated bad boy of the art world Mark Rothko lands a commission to create a definitive group of murals for an exclusive restaurant, he hires an assistant – and what takes place between them is a visceral experience that spills off the stage and will forever change the way you see the color red. As he and his young assistant mix the paint, stretch the canvas and prime the surface, Rothko must reconcile not only the mix of art and commerce he’s creating, but also his relationship with the new generation of artists who threaten his very legacy.
Set in the late 1950s, Red focuses on the period in Rothko’s life when he was working on a number of large murals that were to hang in The Four Seasons, a luxury restaurant in New York’s new Seagram Building. As the play opens, Rothko and Ken have been working feverishly in Rothko’s New York studio. When Ken gains the confidence to challenge the master, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.
Red runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Aug. 23 through Sept 15. Two preview performances take place on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 on Thursdays and $45 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except opening night which is $50 and includes a reception with the actors following the performance. Preview tickets are $29.
International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call the ICT Box Office at (562) 436-4610.