Wednesday-Friday, September 25-27 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work. Twenty-one years before the famous abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko commits suicide, the middle-aged artist is at the pinnacle of fame and success. RED follows the relationship of Rothko and his young assistant, Ken, while they create a series of commissioned work for The Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan’s Seagram Center.
When the young apprentice gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko must face the possibility that his crowning achievement could also lead to his demise. Alone in the artist’s longtime New York Bowery studio, the two men engage in a vicious, erudite, and dramatic battle of wills. RED challenges its audience to reconsider the true meaning of art, integrity, and commerce.
“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.” — The New York Times
The play, by American writer John Logan, takes place in Rothko’s New York studio in 1958-9, a space later occupied by Michael Goldberg for many years. RED was awarded the 2010 Tony award for best play. Director Ian Mairs has created a unique staging of the piece specifically for MOCA Jacksonville.
Meet the Cast
This Special Performance will be Brought to You By:
Director: Ian Mairs
Ian Mairs is the author of fifteen plays whose titles include Bay at the Moon, Parts Unknown, Our David, She’s a Big Girl Now, Nocturne at Twilight and Eb Scrooge: A Southern Fried Carol. His work has been produced in New York at Theater Row Theaters, 13th Street Repertory, The Kitchen Theater in Ithaca; in Atlanta at the 14th Street Playhouse, Seven Stages Backdoor Theater and Actors Express; in Florida at Theatre Jacksonville, American Stage, the Loft and Theatre Southeast.
Mairs received his BFA in Theatre from Florida State University (Acting) and his MFA in Theatre (Dramatic Writing) from Ohio University. Awards include Arts Ventures Grant from NEA and Jacksonville Community Foundation. State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, Parry/Billman Fellowship for Fine Arts and Scott McPherson Playwriting Award. Four of his plays are published by Playscripts Inc. (New York). He has taught playwriting and acting at Ohio University, University of North Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.
Mark Rothko: George Judy
George Judy is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. His credits as an actor, writer, director and educator include work with the Royal National Theatre Studio, London, The Asolo Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and twelve seasons with the Tony award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival where he performed such favorite roles as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Polonius in Hamlet. Most recent credits include Beverly Weston in Swine Palace’s August: Osage County, Lear in Swine Palace’s King Lear and Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor, Richelieu in The Three Musketeers and Alonso in The Tempest at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival under the direction of Deb Alley. His many regional credits include musical roles such as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Joe in Damn Yankees, Frederik in A Little Night Music and Mack the Knife in Three Penny Opera as well as a stint as a Singing Ringmaster with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey.
Ken: Blake Lowell
Blake Lowell’s credits include the world premiere of Smart Cookie at the Alliance Theatre, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at The Denver Center, and The Cherry Orchard at Artists Repertory Theatre. In New York, Blake has workshopped with exciting young theater companies such as Fresh Ground Pepper, Pipeline Theatre Company and Squeaky Bicycle. Lowell’s upcoming projects include playing series regular on season two of the HBO/Cinemax comedy The Girl’s Guide To Depravity premiering in September. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Dinner Pairs Perfectly with a Tony Award-Winner
Complete your Night with Café Nola
Chef Kathy Collins has crafted a special three course prix fixe menu inspired by Michael Goldberg for $35. The dinner seating begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. so you will be finished in time for the show!
RED Play Three Course Menu*
Choice of Starter
Goldberg-Inspired Sweet Potato Bisque
Swirled with thyme oil, goat cheese, & maple candied bacon
Grilled Endive & Egg
Grilled Belgian endive, warm bacon vinaigrette, over easy local egg, sriracha aioli
Roasted Vegetable Flatbread
Roasted zucchini, yellow bell peppers, onion, tomato, smoked eggplant spread, brie, mozzarella, backyard basil
Choice of Entrée
“Linger Awhile” Short Rib
Intuition stout braised White Oak Pastures short rib, pimento cheese mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, braising jus
Shrimp & Grits
Seared shrimp, white wine sauce, fresh wild mushrooms & bacon, smoked cheddar Greenway grit cake, sun dried tomato crostini
House made gnocchi, charred corn, roasted butternut squash, roasted brussel sprouts, charred corn, & rosemary buerre blanc
Korean Style Scallops
‘Japchae’ warm Korean noodle & vegetable salad, kimchi vinaigrette, toasted sesame seeds
Choice of Dessert
Creamy cheesecake, crème anglaise, raspberry, mango, & chocolate sauces
Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie
Whipped peanut butter cream, salty-sweet chocolate pretzel topping
Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Donut Bread Pudding
Dark chocolate, salted maple syrup fluff, cinnamon
*Gratuity & beverages are not included.