RedJanuary 6 - February 5, 2012
Written by John Logan
Directed by David R. Gammons
Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco**
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley**
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg
Sound Design by Bill Barclay
Production Stage Managed by
Winner of six 2010 Tony Awards including Best Play, Redis 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
Karl Baker Olsen*…Ken
Cast & Crew
JEFF ADELBERG** (Lighting Design) SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Next to Normal; Red; reasons to be pretty; Nine; Body Awareness; Adding Machine: A Musical (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design); [title of show]; Blackbird; The New Century; The Little Dog Laughed; Fat Pig. Other recent work: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe); The Lily’s Revenge(American Repertory Theater); John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepenthe (Huntington Theatre Company’s Emerging America Festival); Middletown, Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe (IRNE Award)(Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Equally Divided (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Company We Keep and John Kuntz’sThe Salt Girl (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Miracle on 34th Street, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Stoneham Theatre); A Soft Murder, Noises Off, Oklahoma, Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Boston Conservatory); Boston’s Christmas Revels since 2010. Jeff attended the University of Connecticut and teaches at Boston College. LDJeff.com
KARL BAKER OLSEN* returns to SpeakEasy Stage where he has appeared in Scott Edmiston’s productions The History Boysand 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.
BILL BARCLAY 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) SpeakEasy designs include The Motherf**cker with the Hat, Red, Xanadu, andAdding Machine: A Musical (2010 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Design). Other recent designs include:Death of a Salesman (Lyric Stage); The Cunning Little Vixen (The Boston Conservatory); Spring Awakening, North Shore Fish, This is Our Youth and Driving Miss Daisy(Gloucester Stage); Something’s Afoot, Miracle on 34th Street (Stoneham Theatre); Insignificance (The Nora Theatre); and A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre). Gail received the 2002 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Costume Design and the 2002 IRNE Award for Costume Design for Twelfth Night with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the 2006 IRNE Award for Costume Design for her work on both Caroline, or Change and The Women for SpeakEasy Stage.
PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Producing Artistic Director) was the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence by the Boston Theater Critics Association. Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, he has produced over 100 Boston premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include: The Color Purple; In the Heights; Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don’t!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Company); Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park with George, and Merrily We Roll Along (The Boston Conservatory); and Into the Woods, Urinetown, and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory where he teaches musical theatre and directing. He has also been honored with the Boston College Arts Council’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2007, and served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. Outside the theatre, Paul serves on the Boards of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and the ICU Patient & Family Advisory Council at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
THOMAS DERRAH* (George/Valentina) returns to SpeakEasy Stage, having previously appeared in Necessary Monsters,Clybourne Park,Red,The Drowsy Chaperone, andFuddy Meers. He is a founding member of the ART and has performed in 120 productions there. Mr. Derrah has also performed on Broadway inJackie: An American Life(23 roles) and Off-Broadway inBig Time,Johan Padan, andOliver Twist. He has performed regionally in theatres in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston, and has toured extensively to theatres and festivals in Europe and Asia. He also performed the title role inJulius Caesaron several tours throughout France for the Centre Dramatique National d’Orléans. Mr. Derrah has also appeared locally at the Huntington, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Stoneham Theatre, and ASP. He has several IRNE and Norton Awards for acting, including the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. He was also awarded the 2010 Brustein Award and a Los Angeles DramaLogue Award. Mr. Derrah appeared in Julie Taymor’s filmFool’s Fireas well as programs on CBS, A&E, and PBS. Other film credits includeMystic RiverandPink Panther II. Mr. Derrah teaches acting at Harvard and MIT, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama
DAVID R. GAMMONS (Director) is a director, designer, visual artist, and theatre educator. He is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy Stage, where in previous seasons he has directed the New England premieres of The Whale; The Motherf**ker with the Hat (2013 Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Actress); Red (2012 Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Actor); and Blackbird (2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress). At the Huntington Theatre, David directed a workshop reading of Necessary Monsters as well as John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepentheas part of the Emerging America Festival. Other recent directing credits include The Comedy of Errors,Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe, The Duchess of Malfi, and Titus Andronicus (2007 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director) for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Cherry Docs, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, andMy Name is Rachel Corrie at New Repertory Theatre; the World Premieres of Walt McGough’s The Farmand John Kuntz’s The Salt Girl at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; and The Winter’s Tale as part of the Shakespeare Exploded Festival at the American Repertory Theater. Mr. Gammons has proudly served as the Director of the Theatre Program at Concord Academy for the last fifteen years, where he teaches directing and oversees a company of young performers devoted to developing original experimental work for the stage. Mr. Gammons is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, and a graduate of the Directing Program of the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. www.davidrgammons.com.
ASHLEY JOYCE SpeakEasy: Red and The Drowsy Chaperone. Additional credits include wigs and make-up for Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Central City Opera. She also did wardrobe for A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre) and Candide (the Huntington Theatre). Ashley is looking forward to lacing up some roller skates and working with the lovely cast and crew for Xanadu!
ABIGAIL NEUHOFF SpeakEasy: Red. Other local theater credits: Eurydice (set design, scenic painting, props), Romeo & Juliet (production design, costumes, dramaturg) and Proof(master carpenter), all presented by the Independent Drama Society; Italian Girl in Algiers (scenic painter) produced by Boston Midsummer Opera; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (props) staged by Riverside Theatre Works; and The Hotel Plays (technical venue manager) for the Tennessee Williams Festival. Abigail also teaches after-school photography at Boston Latin School, is the costume coordinator for Edison K-8 School, and is an assistant freelance technical director for Beaver Country Day School.
MICHELE TEEVAN Previous SpeakEasy credits include Tribes (PA), What Lips My Lips Have Kissed (SM), Clybourne Park (PA), Other Desert Cities (PA), All About Election Eve (SM), Next to Normal (PA), Red (PA), Sorry, Wrong Number (ASM), The Divine Sister (PA) and The Blue Room (SM). Boston credits include Henry VIII (ASM) with Actors Shakespeare Project; Amadeus(PA)and Little Shop of Horrors (PA)withNew Repertory Theatre; The Nutcracker (ASM) with Northeast Youth Ballet; The Death of Tintagiles (SM) and Cruel Botany (SM) with imaginary beasts; The Fakus: A Noir (SM) with Centastage; and Romeo and Juliet (SM) with the Happy Medium Theatre Company. Michele is the Associate Production Manager at Speakeasy, the Production Manager at the Boston Opera Collaborative and is a graduate of Emerson College with her BFA in Stage and Production Management. .
CRISTINA TODESCO** (Set Design) is pleased to be working with Speakeasy again after designing last season’s Tribes and The Whale. Previous Speakeasy credits: Red, The Divine Sister, Body Awareness, The New Century, Reckless. Other theaters include: Lyric Stage Company, NewRep, Harbor Stage, Boston Playwright’s, Boston Conservatory, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Olney Theater Center, ART Institute, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Huntington Theatre, Orfeo Group, Williamstown Theater Festival, Opera Boston, Stoneham Theater, Suffolk University, Boston University, and Boston College. A four time winner of the Eliot Norton Award for Best Design, she is on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theater Arts and a member of USA 829.
JAMES WILKINSON SpeakEasy: Next to Normal; Red; The Divine Sister; Next Fall. James is a 2010 alum of Trinity College, where he graduated with degrees in Theatre and Dance (with honors) and English. He served as prop master for Gloucester Stage Company’s 2011 season. Other recent shows include Long Day’s Journey into Night (New Rep), Art (New Rep), and Archangels Don’t Play Pinball (Trinity College). He has worked at other New England theaters including The North Shore Music Theatre, Apollinaire Theatre, Salem Theatre Company, and the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble.