By John Logan
Directed by Nathan Jerkins
September 12-29, 2013
Featuring Steven Pounders and Ryan Crowder
Mark Rothko, the revolutionary twentieth century abstract expressionist, receives the art world’s largest commission: to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue. Under the watchful gaze of a threatening new generation of artists, Rothko labors to create an iconic work that will stand as a monument to his illustrious career, while doubts and fears of his own relevancy threaten to tear him apart. RED won the 2010 Drama League, Drama Desk and Tony Awards for best play and now receives its Austin premiere.
In the news
"RED is a must-see...intimate and intense...As always, Penfold’s production team delivers grade-A quality work...Steven Pounders stars as the megalomaniacal Rothko, delivering a powerfully convincing performance."
-Austin American Statesman
"RED asks challenging questions...Penfold's treatment is solid with good acting and design...great fun to see actors throwing actual paint across a canvas and across the room."
"A marvelous sense of intimacy...Kudos go to director Nathan Jerkins and Penfold...People should make an effort to see this play, as it is likely to become a modern classic."
-Austin Live Theatre
"This is one taut, well-crafted drama featuring brilliant performances and pitch-perfect direction...a must-see drama that once again proves Penfold is one of the strongest theater companies in Austin. Like the artist at its core, RED demands attention."
-Broadway World Austin
Awards and honors
Austin Chronicle, Top 10 Theatrical Sets of 2013
Austin Critics Table award, acting in a supporting role, Ryan Crowder
Austin Critics Table nomination, scenic design, David Utley
B. Iden Payne award, stage management, Stephanie Delk
B. Iden Payne nomination, directing, Nathan Jerkins
B. Iden Payne nomination, acting in a lead role, Steven Pounders
B. Iden Payne nomination, set design, David Utley
The Creative Fund