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November 10 - December 11, 2011
By John Logan
Directed by Pamela Berlin
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play
A turbo-charged bio-drama about famed artist Mark Rothko.
First produced by London's Donmar Warehouse, Red then jumped to Broadway and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play. The setting is the studio of temperamental Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko, who in 1958 accepted a commission to create paintings for The Four Seasons restaurant in New York. As he works with his young assistant, this rare commercial project leads to intense discussions about the purpose of art. Red author John Logan is the acclaimed screenwriter of Hugo, Gladiator and The Aviator, among others.
Red contains no intermission and runs approximately one hour and 45 minutes.
Supported by funding from:
Richard W. Moriarty, M.D.
Jeremy & Rebecca Kronman
JACK CUTMORE-SCOTT (Ken) most recently appeared in the Tony-nominated revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia on Broadway (Septimus/Gus u/s). Jack previously starred in the title role at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s award-winning production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2011 IRNE & Elliot Norton awards for Best Play/Outstanding Production) and the Boston Publick’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane (2010 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production; nomination for Outstanding Actor). Other regional theater credits include Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Sebastian in Twelfth Night, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jack’s writing has been performed at the Actors’ Studio and the National Arts Club in New York City, as well as at Harvard University and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jack trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before graduating cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in English Literature.
JEFF STILL (Mark Rothko) was last seen in Pittsburgh on the Broadway Tour of August: Osage County; earlier this year he understudied Dan Lauria in Lombardi at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include Orson Welles in Orson’s Shadow, the Boss in Adding Machine, and Doc Gibbs in Our Town. Originally from New Jersey, Jeff spent 20 years in Chicago where he worked mainly with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in A Clockwork Orange, Mother Courage, The Dresser, Sonia Flew, and others. Regional credits include Salieri in Amadeus (Cardinal Stage), Lombardi in The Only Thing (Madison Rep), Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Tour), and Dr. Sweet in the world premiere of Tracy Letts’ BUG (Gate Theatre, London). Film and television appearances include Public Enemies, The Express, and “Law & Order.” Jeff saves the best credit for last: he is Luke’s dad.
PAMELA BERLIN (Director) has directed Tea, Driving Miss Daisy, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Talley’s Folly for Pittsburgh Public Theater. Her New York directing credits include Endpapers at the Variety Arts Theatre; Steel Magnolias, which ran for three years Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre; To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Ensemble Studio Theatre and Circle in the Square downtown); The Cemetery Club (Broadway); Crossing Delancey (Jewish Rep); Joined at the Head (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Family of Mann and The Red Address (Second Stage); Three in the Back, Two in the Head (MCC); Black Ink and Elm Circle (Playwrights Horizons); Snowing at Delphi and Club Soda (WPA); and numerous one-acts in the Marathon at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally, she has directed A Streetcar Named Desire, Copenhagen, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Playboy of the Western World, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Plough and the Stars, True West, On the Verge, Translations and Joe Egg, among others, at such theaters as the Kennedy Center, Seattle Rep, Long Wharf, Huntington, Pasadena Playhouse, and Portland Stage. Opera credits include La Traviata, Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, Lucia Di Lammermoor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eugene Onegin, Cold Sassy Tree, Of Mice and Men, and the world premiere of Pocahontas. She teaches directing in the MFA program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and frequently directs at Juilliard and the NYU Graduate Acting Program. She is a longtime member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Pamela served as the President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society from 2000 to 2006.
JOHN LOGAN (Playwright) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. He is the author of more than a dozen other plays, including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. His work as a screenwriter includes Sweeney Todd (Golden Globe award); The Aviator (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations); Gladiator (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations); The Last Samurai; Any Given Sunday; and RKO 281 (WGA award, Emmy nomination).
MARK ROTHKO (Artist) was born Marcus Rotkovitch in the town of Dvinsk, Latvia, then part of the Russian Empire. Mark Rothko immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 10, settling in Portland, Oregon. A gifted student, Rothko attended Yale University on scholarship from 1921-23, but disillusioned by the social milieu and financial hardship, he dropped out and moved to New York to “bum around and starve a bit.” A chance invitation from a friend brought him to a drawing class at the Art Students League where he discovered his love of art. He took two classes there but was otherwise self-taught. Rothko painted in a figurative style for nearly 20 years, his portraits and depictions of urban life baring the soul of those living through The Great Depression in New York. The painter Milton Avery offered Rothko both artistic and nutritional nourishment during these lean years. In the 1930s, Rothko exhibited with The Ten, a close-knit group of nine (!) American painters, which included fellow Avery acolyte, Adolph Gottlieb. Success was moderate at best but the group provided important incubation for the Abstract Expressionist school to come. The war years brought with it an influx of European surrealists, influencing most of the New York painters, among them Rothko, to take on a neo-surrealist style. Rothko experimented with mythic and symbolic painting for five years before moving to pure abstraction in the mid 1940s and ultimately to his signature style of two or three rectangles floating in fields of saturated color in 1949. Beginning in the early 1950s Rothko was heralded, along with Jackson Pollock, Willem deKooning, Franz Kline and others, as the standard bearers of the New American Painting, a truly American art that was not simply a derivative of European styles. By the late 1950s, Rothko was a celebrated (if not wealthy) artist, winning three mural commissions that would dominate the latter part of his career. Only in the last of these, The Rothko Chapel in Houston, was he able to realize his dream of a truly contemplative environment in which to interact deeply with his artwork. Red presents a fictionalized account of Rothko’s frustrated first attempt to create such a space in New York’s Four Season’s restaurant. Rothko sought to create art that was timeless; paintings that expressed basic human concerns and emotions that remain constant not merely across decades but across generations and epochs. He looked to communicate with his viewer at the most elemental level and through his artwork, have a conversation that was intense, personal and, above all, honest. A viewer’s tears in front of one of his paintings told him he had succeeded. While creating a deeply expressive body of work and garnering critical acclaim, Rothko battled depression and his brilliant career ended in suicide in 1970.
MICHAEL SCHWEIKARDT (Scenic Designer) recent Pittsburgh Public Theater credits include Talley’s Folly and Superior Donuts. Mr. Schweikardt designed the world premiere of the new Duncan Sheik musical Whisper House at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. He has created sets for several musicals by Joe Iconis, including Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, ReWrite at Urban Stages, The Black Suits at The Public Theater, and Things To Ruin at both The Zipper Factory and Second Stage Theatre. Other recent credits include the critically acclaimed productions of Showboat, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, Big River and Camelot for Goodspeed Musicals; Ella, appearing in cities all across the country; Barnum for Asolo Repertory Theatre’s 50th anniversary season; Oklahoma! starring Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase celebrating the Oklahoma State Centennial; the American premieres of Frank McGuinness’ Gates of Gold and The Bird Sanctuary, and national and international tours of James Taylor’s One Man Band. Mr. Schweikardt’s online portfolio can be seen at www.msportfolio.com.
KATE MITCHELL (Costume Designer) is happy to be designing her first show at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Previous costume design work includes productions of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Kiss Me Kate, Side Show, and Born Yesterday. She has worked for the Alley Theater, American Players Theater, Indiana Repertory Theater, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the Public Theater in New York among others.
RUI RITA (Lighting Designer) credits at Pittsburgh Public Theater include Time of My Life, Driving Miss Daisy. Broadway: Present Laughter, Dividing the Estate, Old Acquaintance, Enchanted April, The Price, A Thousand Clowns. Off-Broadway: Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Orphan’s Home Cycle (Signature Theatre, Hewes Design Award), Big Bill, The Carpetbagger’s Children, Far East (Lincoln Center Theater), Engaged (2005 Obie Award), All’s Well That Ends Well (Theatre for a New Audience), Nightingale, Moonlight and Magnolias (Manhattan Theatre Club), Dinner with Friends (Variety Arts). Regional: Alley Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival.
ZACH MOORE (Sound Designer) most recently designed the sound for Sweeney Todd at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches sound design. He has designed more than 55 productions at Pittsburgh Public, including the recent productions of Electra, God of Carnage, Superior Donuts, and Circle Mirror Transformation (also original music); the world premieres of The Chief, Harry’s Friendly Service, The Glorious Ones, The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn, and Paper Doll; the American premieres of The Bird Sanctuary and RolePlay (also original music); as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Metamorphoses, Cabaret, Oedipus the King, I Am My Own Wife, Anna in the Tropics, Man of La Mancha, Tea, Wit, and You Can’t Take It With You. Other designs include House and Garden (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre), Completely Hollywood (abridged) (Reduced Shakespeare Company), The Bird Sanctuary (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Falsettos (The Huntington), Paper Doll (Long Wharf Theatre), and Fully Committed (PPT, Dallas Theater Center, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and McCoy/Rigby Productions). Zach also plays guitar in Hero Destroyed, whose latest album, THROES, was released worldwide last summer.
FRED NOEL (Production Stage Manager) marks his 23rd season at Pittsburgh Public Theater. He also completed four seasons with the National Theatre of the Deaf, touring throughout the United States and China. Mr. Noel was Stage Manager for the Performing Arts Season at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. and Gallaudet University’s tours of Europe, Argentina, Japan, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania. He also serves part-time as Production Manager for D.C. area Quest Productions, assisting the company in producing Deaf Way II, an international deaf arts festival, and several shows as part of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. His credits also include the Off-Broadway production of Women of Manhattan. Mr. Noel is a Pennsylvania native and alumnus of Duquesne University. In Pittsburgh, he has also stage managed for Don Brockett Productions, Pittsburgh CLO, and Carnegie Mellon Showcase of New Plays.
ALICIA DeMARA (Assistant Stage Manager) has worked on more than 50 professional productions in the great city of Pittsburgh with companies such as Bricolage, barebones productions, City Theatre, The REP, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, and Unique Staging Solutions. Some favorite productions include Talley’s Folly, Superior Donuts (The Public); The Lonesome West, Mojo, Death of a Salesman (The REP); Midnight Radio, Wild Signs (Bricolage); Killer Joe (barebones); The Missionary Position (City Theatre); House and Garden, King Lear, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (PICT).
Mark Rothko by the Numbers
Learn more about the visionary artists with this comprehensive timeline
Born - Marcus Rothkowitz on September 25, 1903
Birthplace - Dvinsk, Russia (now Latvia)
Emigrated to US - 1913, because of anti-Semitism
Higher education - Received a scholarship to Yale in 1921
by Margie Romero
Expressing emotions on canvas was the only goal of Mark Rothko, the famed artist at the heart of Red.
In everyday life, people have to repress certain feelings. At work, on the street, even among friends and family, too much exuberance or intensity is usually frowned upon. Perhaps that's why human beings created the arts - as a place to let it all hang out.