February 14 - March 10, 2013
Directed by Charles Towers
When a lucrative commission challenges abstract painter Mark Rothko’s aesthetic, he and his young assistant must work feverishly to blend art and commerce. A fiery and fiercely funny Tony Award-Winner for Best Play.
Estimated run time 90 minutes with no intermission.
|Mark Rothko..............................||Mark Zeisler|
|Scenic Designer.......................||Bill Clarke|
|Lighting Designer......................||Kevin Frazier|
|Sound Designer........................||Jason Weber|
|Costume Designer...................||Deb Newhall|
MARK ZEISLER (Mark Rothko) MRT: A Picasso, The Seafarer, Tranced, The Homecoming. Broadway: A View from the Bridge, Roundabout; Brooklyn Boy, Manhattan Theatre Club (u/s). Off-Broadway: Eurydice, The Sex Lives of our Parents, Second Stage; The Accomplices, The New Group; Self-defense, New Georges; Circle Mirror Transformation (u/s) Playwrights Horizons; Big Love, 2001 Next Wave Festival at BAM. Regional: Major Barbara, Road to Nirvana, The King Stag, The Homecoming, Once in a Lifetime, The Caretaker, American Repertory Theatre; The Black Dahlia, The King Stag, Eurydice,Yale Rep; Eurydice, Berkeley Rep; Big Love,Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep and The Goodman Theatre; Hamlet, The Matchmaker, The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Elm Shakespeare Company; The Tempest, The Seagull, Big Love, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Measure for Measure (Helen Hayes nomination),Folger Theatre; A Picasso, City Theatre; A Doll House, McCarter Theatre; Art, Hangar Theatre; Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Arcadia, Alabama Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet, Baltimore Centerstage; Red, Maltz Jupiter and Asolo Theatre (Best Actor Award 2012 from Sarasota Magazine). Directing: American Buffalo, Elm Shakespeare. Film: Pervertigo, Random Hearts, Torch Song Trilogy, Shaft, The Thomas Crown Affair, Two Week Notice, Revolution #9, After School (2008 NY Film Festival entry). Television: The Americans, Pan Am, Unforgettable, Rescue Me, Blue Bloods. The Good Wife, all three Law and Orders. Other: Mark can currently be heard on several audio book recordings. Mark is a native of, and lives in New York City and studied at SUNY Purchase.
RYAN BARRY (Ken) MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway: The Last Seder, Theatre Three; In The Summer Pavilion, 59E59 Theaters; Treasure Island, Irondale Center; As Wide As I Can See, Here Arts Center; The Temp, SoHo Playhouse; Reading Under the Influence, Bank of America Festival; Romeo and Juliet, QAS; In The Summer Pavilion (Awarded Outstanding Excellence in Performance), NY Fringe. Regional: Travesties (with Sam Waterston), Long Wharf Theatre; Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Shakespeare and Co.; Grease, Barrington Stage Company; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hubbard Hall. Film: In The Summer Pavilion.
CHARLES TOWERS (Director) MRT: MRT’s Artistic Director since 2001, he previously served as Artistic Director of Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk) and Portland Stage Company (Maine) and has been a guest director at theatres across the country. London: Nixon’s Nixon (Russell Lees) West End premiere. New York: Secret Order (Bob Clyman) off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. World Premieres: Beat Generation (Jack Kerouac, staged reading), The Exceptionals (Bob Clyman), The Last Days of Mickey & Jean (Richard Dresser), Real Hush Hush (John Corwin), The Art of Sacrifice (Anthony Clarvoe), and Fallen (Craig Warner) all at MRT; Vernon Early (Horton Foote) at Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The Dead-Eye Boy (Angus MacLachlan) at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. American Premieres: My Mother Said I Never Should (Charlotte Keatley), Huntington Theatre Company; The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B and Fairy Tales of New York (both by J. P. Donleavy), Virginia Stage Company. Regional: Notable productions at MRT include Ghost-Writer, Four Places, The Last Days of Mickey & Jean, The Seafarer, A View of the Harbor, Skylight, A Delicate Balance, The Pursuit of Happiness, Secret Order, Dinah Was, Augusta, The Homecoming, The Price, Rounding Third, Boston Marriage, The Drawer Boy, Gun-Shy and Three Days of Rain. Other regional work includes productions of Beckett, Pinter, Mamet, Williams, and Shakespeare at such theatres as The Old Globe, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Opera: Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Virginia Opera Company. Other: Mr. Towers has served on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Theatre Advisory Panel. He lives in Lowell with his 13-year old son.
BILL CLARKE (Scene Designer) MRT: Ghost-Writer, The Voice of the Turtle, Four Places, The Last Days of Mickey & Jean, The Seafarer, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Skylight, The Four of Us, A Delicate Balance, Secret Order, Dinah Was, Real Hush Hush, Intimate Apparel, The Homecoming, Quartet, The Price, Boston Marriage, Three Songs, Old Wicked Songs, Fallen, Short Haired Grace, Three Days of Rain. Broadway: A Walk in the Woods. Off-Broadway: Lemon Sky, Misalliance, So Help Me God!, The Power of Darkness, Treason, John Ferguson, The Daughter-in-Law, June Moon, Queens Boulevard, You Could be Home Now, The Innocents’ Crusade, Cherry Orchard, Morocco, and Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Regional: Alley Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Seattle Rep, A.R.T., Huntington Theatre Company, Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Wilma, Cleveland Play House, Studio Arena, Portland Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, among others. International: A Walk in the Woods, Pushkin Theater, Moscow; Lithuanian Academic Drama Theater, Vilnius. Television: A Walk in the Woods (American Playhouse), Late Night with David Letterman, As The World Turns, All My Children. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama. Other: Hollywood Dramalogue and San Diego Theater Critics Circle Awards. Winner of MRT’s 2005 Artistic Achievement Award and 2008 IRNE Award for MRT’s A Delicate Balance.
KEVIN FRAZIER (Lighting Designer) MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway: Hear What's in the Heart: A Shoemaker's Tale, NY Fringe. Regional: Assassins, Fabrefaction (Atlanta, GA); Present Laughter, Peterborough Players (NH); Don Pasquale, Greenville Light Opera Works (Greenville, SC); Stones in His Pockets, Warehouse Theatre (Greenville, SC). Education: B.A. from Furman Univesity. M.F.A. from Virginia Tech. Other: Kevin would like to thank God and his family for their love and support.
JASON E. WEBER (Sound Designer) MRT: Memory House, Beat Generation, Ghost-Writer, Mrs. Whitney, This Verse Business, A Picasso, The Exceptionals, Four Places, The Last Days of Mickey & Jean, Fabuloso, The Seafarer, A View of the Harbor, The Four of Us, A Delicate Balance, Tunney/Shakespeare, The Pursuit of Happiness. Regional: Lebensraum, Hub Theatre Company of Boston; Trajectories: Transformations, EVET Arts; Black Tie, Adirondack Theatre Festival; Love Person, Company One; Spooky Story Station, Brookline Puppet Showplace; Our Town, Riverside Theatre Works; The Book of Grace, The Good Negro, Company One; Topdog/Underdog, Yellow Taxi Productions. Education: BFA, Marietta College. MA, Emerson College. Other: Mr. Weber has been the Lighting and Sound Supervisor at MRT since 2007. www.jasoneweber.com.
DEBORAH NEWHALL (Costume Designer) MRT: Beat Generation, Mrs. Whitney, The Exceptionals, Four Places, The Last Days of Mickey & Jean, Black Pearl Sings!, Fabuloso, The Seafarer, Bad Dates, Tranced, Skylight, The Four of Us, The Pursuit of Happiness, Trying, Augusta, Real Hush Hush, The Price, Women Who Steal, and Fallen. Broadway: Radio City Rockettes. Off-Broadway: Love Song (Directed by John Kolvenbach), 59E59 St. Theater; The Ruby Sunrise (directed by Oscar Eustis), Public Theater (Lucille Lortel Nomination). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory Company, Studio Arena Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Providence, New Repertory Theatre. Film: Liberal Arts (with Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney, directed By Josh Radner); Back Mask (Directed by Marcus Nispel); About Sunny (with Lauren Ambrose, Ryan Baker and Penelope Ann Miller. directed by Bryan Wiseman); Valediction (with Ben Barnes); Madso's War, 4 Single Fathers, Hachiko (with Richard Gere, Joan Allen, directed by Lasse Hallstrom); The Golden Boys (with Bruce Dern, Charles Durning, Mariel Hemmingway); Monument Avenue (with Denis Leary); American Buffalo (with Dustin Hoffman.) Television: American Experience (“The Abolitionists”); Brotherhood, Season 1, Showtime; ZOOM, 6 seasons, 2 Emmy Nominations; Antiques Roadshow, 2 Seasons. Education: BFA, Rhode Island School of Design; MFA, UNC Chapel Hill. Other: She is a long time member of United Scenic Artists 829 in New York, and Costume Designer's Guild 892 in Los Angeles. This is her 21st production at MRT, and she is very pleased to be here for another terrific season.
REVIEWS"A play of intellectual ideas and tensions impressed upon the muscular performances of the two lead actors."
RED PREVIEW PHOTOS
Mark Zeisler and Ryan Barry. Photos by Meghan Moore.