Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

January 28, 2013, 11:36 am
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Press Opening February 17 at 7pm

Lowell, MA–  When painter Mark Rothko is presented with an opportunity to work on larger murals, he hires a young assistant who ends up challenging the master’s fervently held artistic beliefs. “Red”, written by John Logan and directed by Charles Towers is a fiery and fiercely funny Tony Award-winner for Best Play.  “Red” runs at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) from February 14-March 10.  Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now thru or by calling 978-654-4678.


“Red” features Mark Zeisler as painter Mark Rothko and Ryan Barry as his assistant Ken.  Mark Zeisler returns to MRT after previously appearing in “A Picasso,” “The Seafarer”, “Tranced,” and “The Homecoming.”  Ryan Barry will be making his MRT debut. MRT’s Artistic Director Charles Towers helms the production, and his notable recent credits include MRT’s productions of “Beat Generation,” “Ghost-Writer,” “Four Places” and “The Seafarer.”  The creative team for “Red” includes Bill Clarke (Scenic Designer), Deb Newhall (Costumer Designer), Kevin Frazier (Lighting Designer) and Jason Weber (Sound Designer).


On directing “Red” at MRT Charles Towers said,  “There’s a good reason that John Logan’s “Red” won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play and then went on to become the most produced play in America.  It’s a terrific drama shot through with great humor.  Even though the American painter Mark Rothko is one of two characters in the play, this is not a biography.  The father-son relationship that develops between Rothko and his assistant Ken has all the power and muscle of generational conflict which makes for a riveting evening of theatre.”


For his work on “Red”, playwright John Logan received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards.  Mr. Logan is also the author of more than a dozen other plays including “Never the Sinner,” “Hauptmann” and “Speaking in Tongues.”  His work as a screenwriter includes the current or upcoming films “Hugo” and “Coriolanus,” as well as such well-known films as “Sweeney Todd” (Golden Globe Award), “The Aviator” (Oscar, Golden Globe, and WGA nominations), “Gladiator” (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations),“The Last Samurai,” “Any Given Sunday,” and “RKO 281”.  Mr. Logan has also collaborated on the script for the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall.”


MRT’s 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by LowellBank. “Red” is sponsored by Lowell Five, with additional support from 980 WCAP. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.




Mark Zeisler

Mark Zeisler

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

Ryan Barry

RYAN BARRY (Ken) Merrimack Repertory Theater: 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 Lapine Agile, Shakespeare and Co.; Grease, Barrington Stage Company; A Midsummer Nights Dream, Hubbard Hall. Film: In The Summer Pavilion



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