International City Theatre at Long Beach Performing Arts Center (562) 436-4610
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
American abstract expressionist and celebrated bad boy of the art world, Mark Rothko, has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his New York studio. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, Red is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as his struggle to accept his growing riches and praise becomes his ultimate undoing. Paint collides with canvas live on stage as masterpieces are born and torn down in a visceral experience that spills off the stage and will forever change the way you see red.