Queensland Theatre Company presents a Melbourne Theatre Company production, Red.
In the 1950s, Rothko took a commission that would set him up for life. He was showered with money by Manhattan’s elite in return for a series of paintings that would decorate the swanky Four Seasons Restaurant in the brand new, soaring, steel-and-glass monument to corporate modernism, the Seagram Building on Park Avenue.
Rothko forged his art into a weapon against the richest bastards in New York, vowing clandestinely to create stomach-turning crimson canvases that would “ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who eats there” – but in 1959, out of the blue, he stormily reclaimed the paintings and gave back the money.
The catalyst of that event went with the abstract expressionist to his grave. It’s this mystery that is explored with stunning intensity in
Red, along with the relationship between master and protégé, art and commerce, artist and audience.
From the pen of John Logan – acclaimed screenwriter of Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo and forthcoming James Bond film Skyfall this six-time Tony Award winner is a true masterpiece.
WINNER OF SIX TONY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST PLAY (2010)
WINNER OF DRAMA DESK AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PLAY (2010)
Duration: 90 minutes (no interval)
Duration subject to change without notice.
Philip Bacon Galleries is the Production Sponsor for Red.
Red premiered at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London (3 December 2009). Michael Grandage, Artistic Director. Original Broadway production produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie P. McClelland, Matthew Byam Shaw, Neal Street Productions, Fox Theatricals, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal and The Donmar Warehouse.
As Rothko, Colin Friels has his dial set to 11 for the full 90 minutes. It’s a towering, compelling performance. - The Courier Mail
Friels is a delight to watch as he struts and frets as Rothko. He gallops through the dense dialogue and enlivens the text with a pulsating pace… – Australian Stage