The Tony Award-winning play Red is bringing its explosive exploration of an artist’s mind to Philly’s oldest stage. The play follows Mark Rothko, an accomplished abstract expressionist in late-1950s New York, who has been commissioned to paint a group of murals for the exclusively posh Four Seasons restaurant. The commission is the biggest in the history of modern art. The artist works with his assistant to feverishly mix paints and build canvases, and classical music blasts from his record player. In the end, Rothko must decide whether the commercial gain of his endeavor will be worth the agony of his artistic intensity.
Red examines both the creative process, as well as the artist at work, creating a portrait of success, ambition, and vulnerability. The battle between visionary and canvas is compelling and challenges notions of artistry and creativity with every scene, ensuring a thrilling show.
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February 23 – March 20
The Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street
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