Parkway Playhouse will present the Tony Award-winning play Red by John Logan. This sizzling 90-minute bio-drama about famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko is “intense and exciting,” says The New York Times. This searing and humorous study of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability will run from August 22 through September 5, 2015. The production features television and film actor and Eastern Tennessee State University Professor, Patrick Cronin. (Please note that Red contains adult language and is not intended for young children.) There is a complementary opening night reception on August 22 following the the performance and there will be a post-show discussion with the cast following each of the Sunday afternoon performances.
Red takes place in 1958, and the renowned American painter, Mark Rothko, is commissioned to create a series of paintings for a new and exclusive restaurant, The Four Seasons. But is it art, or is he merely selling out for commercial gain? Based on actual history, Red pits Rothko against an idealistic young protégé in a thrilling look into the artistic temperament and the relationship between the artist and his creations. Intense, funny, philosophical, and sensual in its examination of the creative mind, the play—like Rothko’s vibrantly colored rectangle paintings—brims with energy and ecstasy.
“Red is a highly entertaining and electric play” commented Parkway Playhouse Artistic Director, who is staging the production. “The audience experiences the actual making of art and gets to know these two very interesting, sensitive, complicated men who are getting down and dirty in the making of art history.”
Mark Rothko, a determined and passionate artist, will be played by Patrick Cronin, who has a long and distinguished career in television and theatre. He has appeared on over 200 television shows including recurring roles in Seinfeld, Home Improvement, All in the Family, Hill Street Blues, Alice, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Knots Landing, Full House, and others. Major film appearances include roles in Splash and Rocky V. On stage, he has appeared in an international production of Miller’s Death of a Salesman as Willy Loman. At Eastern Tennessee State University, Mr. Cronin has been a Basler Chair recipient and teaches as well as overseeing the the theatre program.
Rothko’s young and at times contentious assistant, Ken, will be played by Jered Shults, a graduate of Catawba College’s theatre program. Mr. Shults currently serves as Parkway Playhouse’s Assistant Technical Director, and has appeared in Parkway Playhouse productions of Ghost Riders, Treasure Island, The King and I, Its A Wonderful Life, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and All Shook Up.
Come see RED at Parkway Playhouse August 22nd-September 5th!
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