Published On: Fri, May 9th, 2014

GVT explores artist’s conflict in ‘Red’

Jack Cirillo as Mark Rothko and Nick Reynolds as his assistant Ken (Photo courtesy Greenbrier Valley Theatre)

Jack Cirillo as Mark Rothko and Nick Reynolds as his assistant Ken (Photo courtesy Greenbrier Valley Theatre)

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) will present “Red” by John Logan, a play that explores the process and conflicts of famous painter Mark Rothko as he attempts to create a series of murals for the expensive and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant.

No artist wants to be thought of as a sell-out, but that’s exactly the kind of accusation world-famous painter Mark Rothko faces from his assistant when he is commissioned to paint murals for an up-scale restaurant, the Four Seasons, in New York City’s Seagram Building. Everything you think you know about art is questioned in this powerful, engaging drama, which won six TonyAwards in 2010. The play contains strong adult language.

An exhibit of selected prints by world-renowned artist Kathleen Holder, whose work has been compared to that of Rothko, will be displayed in the GVT’s Daywood Lobby throughout the run of the show.

“Red” will run May 16 and 17, 22-24 and 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held May 24 at 3 p.m., along with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview performance on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26 for general admission, $23 for seniors and $20 for children/students. For tickets or more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.