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Dec 5, 6, 7 and 11, 12, 13, 2014 plus an added performance

 Monday Dec 15 at 7pm

Check out our wonderful REVIEW from John Quinn at Encore Michigan!  And our review from Robert Delaney at the New Moniter

Our production featured  Dennis Kleinsmith as Rothko and Richard Payton as Ken.     Directed by Topher Alan Payne, lights by Harley Miah, movement by Kat Walsh and sound by Brandy Joe Plambeck.  Meet the cast and crew.

There are a lot of artists and specific works of art mentioned in Red.  Learn more by checking out our pinterest boards dedicated to Red.

Local artists Tony Miello and Jeremy Hanson, in conjunction with River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, donated two Rothko inspired paintings, which we auctioned off as a fundraiser for Open Book!

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Tony Miello and Jeremy Hansen

About the artists:

Tony Miello is a pop artist who has created work for DC and Marvel comics and for Lucas films.  He is an organizer of Detroit FanFair Comic Con.  Tony is originally from Brooklyn and now lives in Michigan.  He frequently shows work at River’s Edge and teaches classes at the Downriver Council for the Arts

Jeremy Hansen was born in Vancouver and performed professionally with Disney on Ice.  He is an interior designer and manages the River’s Edge Gallery.  His work is shown and collected internationally, including a recent show in Berlin, Germany.  Jeremy has long admired Rothko’s work and often paints Rothko inspired paintings as studies to work on color fields and brush strokes.


About Red

Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. 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 he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.  Although Red focuses on painter Mark Rothko, it paints with a wide brush and gives us a look into art of all kind.  This extraordinary play will have you talking about how artists work, how art is created, what art asks of its audience, and what an audience asks of its art.

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award. “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.” —NY Times. “Smart, eloquent entertainment… He doesn’t just tell; he also shows… [and] deftly conjures what most plays about artists don’t: the exhilaration of the act.” —The New Yorker. “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…Rothko is one old lion that will keep roaring until he draws his last breath.” —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).