Directed by Vivienne Benesch

As our hit play Opus took you behind the music of a world famous string quartet, Red takes you into the studio of Mark Rothko, pioneer of abstract expressionism, and into the mind of an artist wrestling with the eternal struggle between art and commerce. Seen through the eyes of his young, increasingly challenging assistant, Rothko agonizes over a lucrative project painting murals for the new Four Seasons Restaurant. Has he sold out to fame and fortune or is he still a real artist?

“Red is a brushstroke of genius at PlayMakers”

Broadway World

“PlayMakers’ Red is just perfect”

The News & Observer

“Logan sends American painter Mark Rothko into battle with his demons in this electrifying play of ideas, and the artist’s howls are pure music.”


“spiritual intensity and an almost sexual energy…the artist consumed by the physical demands of his work”

The Washington Post


RED is a Brushstroke of Genius at PlayMakers

Broadway World
Larissa Mount

PlayMakers’ ‘Red’ is just perfect
The News & Observer
by Roy C. Dicks

Mark Rothko in Chapel Hill – 4 1/2 Stars!
The Independent Weekly
by Byron Woods

Art and Its Philosophies in PRC’s Red
by Katie Dobbs Ariail

PlayMakers imagines Rothko in ‘Red’
The Chronicle
by Thomas Kavanagh


John Logan’s 2010 Tony Award-winning ‘Red’ chronicles a creative crises of painter Mark Rothko
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
by Robert McDowell

PlayMakers season opens with ‘Red’
The Daily Tar Heel
by Anissa Putois

Rothko’s intense art in ‘Red’ play
The Herald-Sun
by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan

Indy Picks: Red
The Independent Weekly
by Zack Smith