By John Logan
January 24th - February 3rd, 2013
Winner of six 2010 Tony Awards including Best Play, Red is two character drama, based on the life and paintings of Mark Rothko, one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. The play follows Mark and his newly hired assistant, Ken, as they create murals for the prestigious Four Seasons Resort. Rothko's dilemma is a problem that faces every artist who wants to make a living, does one choose between poverty or the prospect of “selling out”? Red is the compelling story behind the meaning and compromise of art and examines Rothko’s struggles with his growing fame and fortune.
Sept 25, 1903 - Marc Rotkovich born in Dvinsk, Russia (now Latvia)
1913 - Immigrated to Portland, Oregon
1921 - Began Attending Yale University
1923 - Dropped out of Yale University
1924 - Enrolled at Art Students League
1924 - Joined an Acting Company in Portland
1935 - Became part of the artistic group known as "The Ten" in New York
1940 - Changed last name to Rothko
1958 - Commissioned by Seagram and Sons to create the Seagrams Murals for the Four Season restaurant in the Seagram Building in New York
1961 - Commissioned to create works for Harvard University
1964 - Commissioned to create a meditative space filled with his paintings in Houston, Texas
1968 - Diagnosed with a minor Aortic Aneurysm
February 25, 1970 - Committed Suicide
1971 - The Houston Meditative space, now called THE ROTHKO CHAPEL opens.
2009 - The World Premiere of RED opens at the Donmar Warehouse in London
2010 - RED opens on Broadway and wins the Tony Award for Best Play
2012 - Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" sells at auction at Christie's for $86.9 Million.