By John Logan
Directed by David R. Gammons
January 6 - February 5, 2012
Winner of six 2010 Tony Awards including Best Play, Red is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability. After he lands the biggest commission in the history of modern art, abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko begins work on a series of large murals with the help of a new young assistant. What takes place between the two men is a master class on the methods and purpose of art and the dynamic relationship between an artist and his creations.
Estimated Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes without an intermission
THOMAS DERRAH* (Mark Rothko) returns to SpeakEasy Stage, having earlier appeared in Fuddy Meers and The Drowsy Chaperone. Locally, he has appeared in 119 productions at the American Repertory Theater, most recently in the one-man show R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe (2011 Outstanding Actor, Elliot Norton Award); Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider); Endgame (Clov), The Seagull (Dorn), Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Highway Ulysses (Ulysses), Uncle Vanya (Vanya), i (Marquis de Sade),Richard II (Richard). He was seen on Broadway in Jackie: An American Life (23 roles), and Off-Broadway in Dario Fo's one-man show Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas and Big Time (Ted). He toured with the A.R.T. across the U.S., with residencies in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and throughout Europe, Canada, Israel, Taiwan, Japan and Moscow. Thomas has recently been touring France in Julius Caesar. He has appeared with several local theatre companies, including Boston TheatreWorks, New Repertory Theatre, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, as well as Houston's Alley Theatre and other theaters throughout the U.S. His awards include the 1994 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, 2000, 2004 and 2011 IRNE Awards for Best Actor, the 1997 Los Angeles DramaLogue Award (for title role of Shlemiel the First) and the 2010 Robert Brustein Award. He appeared on television in Julie Taymor's film Fool's Fire (PBS American Playhouse), "Unsolved Mysteries," "Del and Alex" (Alex, A&E Network), and in the films Mystic River and The Pink Panther II. He is on the faculty of the A.R.T. Institute and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
KARL BAKER OLSON * (Ken) returns to SpeakEasy Stage where he has appeared in Scott Edmiston’s productions The History Boys and Reckless. For director David R. Gammons he has previously acted in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (New Repertory Theatre) and The Duchess of Malfi (Actors' Shakespeare Project). Other Boston area stage credits include Vengeance is the Lord’s (Huntington); A Moon for the Misbegotten (Merrimack Rep); The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare); Little Black Dress, Gary (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); afterlife, The Misanthrope (New Rep); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ASP). He received a 2008 Independent Reviewers of New England award for his performances in History Boys and Lieutenant of Inishmore. Film work includes the upcoming Frank the Bastard. Karl has trained at the Boston University School of Theatre, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Tony Award-winning Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. This spring he will join the company of Arthur Nauzyciel’s production of Julius Caesar at the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro in Bogota, Colombia. He lives in Brooklyn.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
JEFF ADELBERG (Lighting Designer) For SpeakEasy: Reasons to be Pretty, Nine, Body Awareness, Adding Machine: A Musical (Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design), [title of show], Blackbird, The New Century, The Little Dog Laughed, Fat Pig; Other recent work: Anthony and Cleopatra, The Hotel Nepenthe, Timon of Athens and The Duchess of Malfi (Actors' Shakespeare Project - IRNE award for Best Lighting Design); 2010 Christmas Revels; Four Places (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Real Inspector Hound (Publick);42nd Street, The Rimers of Eldritch, Gaslight (Stoneham Theatre);The Factory Girls, The Mikado, 12th Night, Rent, La Rondine, and Machinal (The Boston Conseratory); Chicago, Permanent Fatal Errors (Concord Academy); Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Duck Variations (American Repertory Theatre). Jeff attended the University of Connecticut and teaches at Boston College. www.LDJeff.com
BILL BARCLAY (Sound Design) makes his SpeakEasy debut. He has composed music for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, is a company member of The Mercury Theatre (Colchester, UK), a company actor, director, composer, and Resident Music Director at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA (nine seasons), and a member of the Resident Acting Company and past Artistic Associate of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston (eight seasons). Recent sound designs include Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group, Ellion Norton Nomination), Breaking the Code (Central Square Theatre), and The Hotel Nepenthe, Living in Exile, and Cymbeline for ASP. www.shakespearealoud.com
GAIL ASTRID BUCKLEY** (Costume Design) happily returns to SpeakEasy for her 22nd production. Recent SpeakEasy designs include costumes for reasons to be pretty, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play); Adding Machine: A Musical (2010 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Design); The Savannah Disputation; Blackbird; The New Century; The History Boys; The Little Dog Laughed; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; The Women; and Fat Pig. Recent work includes; Most Happy Fella; Living Together (Gloucester Stage Company), A Moon for the Misbegotten, Hysteria, Silver Spoon, Not Enough Air (Nora Theatre); Passing Strange, Cherry Docs (New Rep); A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre); and Chicago (Concord Academy). Gail received the 2002 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Costume Design; the 2002 IRNE Award for Costume Design for Twelfth Night at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; and the 2006 IRNE Award for Costume Design for her work on both Caroline, or Change and The Women for SpeakEasy. Gail is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and a board member of StageSource.
DAVID R. GAMMONS (Director) is a director, designer, visual artist, and theatre educator. He is thrilled to return to the SpeakEasy Stage Company, having directed the award-winning Boston premiere of Blackbird. Recent directing projects include The Hotel Nepenthe, The Duchess of Malfi, andTitus Andronicus (2007 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director) for Actors' Shakespeare Project; the New England premieres ofCherry Docs, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and My Name is Rachel Corrie at The New Repertory Theatre; the world premiere of The Salt Girl by John Kuntz at Boston Playwrights' Theatre; Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro with Brandeis Theatre Company; and The Winter's Tale as part of the Shakespeare Exploded Festival at the American Repertory Theatre. David has served as the Director of the Theatre Program at Concord Academy since 2000. For more information, please visit davidrgammons.com.
CRISTINA TODESCO ** (Scenic Design) Speakeasy credits: The Divine Sister, Body Awareness, Reckless, The New Century. Boston productions include, 12th Night for Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Love Song, Island of Slaves, Look Back in Anger for the Orfeo Group, 1001, The Aliens (Eliot Norton Award for Best Design), The Pain and the Itch, The Bluest Eye, Mr. Marmalade, for Company One, The Understudy, Dead Man’s Cellphone, Grey Gardens for the Lyric, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Long and Winding Road (w/ Maureen McGovern), The Atheist (w/ Campbell Scott) for the Huntington Theater, The Last Five Years, Opus, House With No Walls, The Clean House (Eliot Norton Award for Best Design). Other theaters: Olney Theater Center, Williamstown Theater Festival, Summer Play Festival, The Culture Project at Barrow Street Theater, Opera Boston, Granite State Opera, Boston Conservatory, Suffolk University, Boston College, among others. Cristina teaches at Boston University and Boston College.
**Member of United Scenic Artists (Local 829)
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By John Logan
Directed by David R. Gammons
January 6 - February 4, 2012