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Date(s) - October 18, 2013 - November 3, 2013
7:30 pm

Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines,

$36/$21 Adults; $34/$21 Seniors (62+); $20/$20 Students; $21 Hot Tickets available 2 hours prior to curtain, limited to available tickets, at the ticket office only

Mark Rothko, bad boy genius of the modern art world, has a major commission to create murals for New York’s famed Four Season Restaurant. For two years he works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in a studio in the Bowery. But when Ken challenges the great artist, Rothko rages at the contradiction between art and commercialism, ambition and vulnerability. But it’s not just the story that excites. Playwright John Logan shows the exhilaration and physicality of art as paint and opinions splatter the canvas, live on stage. “There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend… One day the black will swallow the red.” – Mark Rothko “Intense and exciting… a study in artist appreciation, a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts… Red captures the dynamic relationship between an artist and his creations.” – New York Times “John Logan sends American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko into battle with his demons in this electrifying play of ideas, and the artist’s howls are pure music.” – Variety  “Logan’s success lies in reminding us that painting is a job of work…what emerges is something rare in modern drama: a totally convincing portrait of the artist as a working visionary.” – Guardian (UK)  Audiences are encouraged to come to the theatre 30 minutes prior to curtain for a preshow talk with Red artistic staff. Preshow talks are held in the upper lobby. After the show, on Friday and Saturday evenings, audiences are invited to stay for live music in the lobby featuring Playhouse performers. Drinks are available for sale. (Note: There will be no event on Friday, Oct. 18, due to the traditional opening night party for audience and cast in the lobby following the show.)

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