Press Release - ​​Red

South Coast Repertory Presents Tony Award-Winning Red by John Logan

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2015) —It begins with a question, “What do you see?” Soon a debate over art and commerce brews between 20th-century abstract expressionist art titan Mark Rothko and his new assistant in Red by John Logan, on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage, Jan. 22-Feb. 21. Tickets are now available at Founding Artistic Director David Emmes directs this Tony award-winning play and looks forward to examining a dilemma many artists face.

“I’m interested in the issues of art and the idea of how one finds a way to pursue it and, at the same time, pay the bills,” said Emmes. “It’s still difficult today for artists to make their way—visual artist, actor, playwright, whomever—so what do you have to do? I hope audiences come away with a deeper insight into how hard is it to make your way in the world. ”

Veteran stage and screen actor Mark Harelik will take on the role of Mark Rothko. His film and television credits include Election, Jurassic Park III, Trumbo, HBO’s “Getting On,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Harelik has performed on Broadway in The Light in the Pizza, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and The Normal Heart. His past productions at SCR include In a Garden, The Hollow Lands, The Beard of Avon, Search and Destroy and Cyrano de Bergerac. Harelik also is an accomplished playwright. His plays include The Legacy, The Immigrant, which was adapted into a musical of the same name, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway which he co-wrote with Randal Myler.

Playing Rothko’s assistant, Ken, is Paul David Story, who appeared at SCR in the NewSCRipts reading of Death of the Author. On Broadway, Story was in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and a stand-by for Alan Strang in Equus. His other credits include Our Leading Lady (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (The Public Theater), Cymbeline and The Tempest (A Noise Within) and The Lion in Winter (Ensemble Theatre Company). His film and and television credits include "Body of Proof," "Nip/Tuck," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and American Violet.

Red begins in 1958, when Mark Rothko is at the height of his glory. In a converted gym, deep in New York City’s Bowery, he has begun work on the biggest commission in the history of modern art—and everything is at stake. Rothko’s art movement has stomped out cubism, but pop art looms threateningly on the horizon. As canvases are stretched, paint mixed and feverishly applied, Ken’s answers to “What do you see?” turn into questions and become more probing—and provoking—with each brush stroke in this heart-stopping play about the nature of art and artists.

The design and creative team includes Ralph Funicello, scenic design; Fred Kinney, costume design; Tom Ruzika, lighting design; Cricket Myers, sound design; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Jackie S. Hill and the stage manager is Kathryn Davies.

Red is generously supported by Honorary Producers Sophie and Larry Cripe and Jean and Tim Weiss. The Corporate Associate Producer is Kohut & Kohut LLP. The media partner is Orange County Business Journal.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, full-time educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

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Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Jan. 22-Feb. 21, 2016. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run Jan. 22-28.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 24, 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m.
      Note: Friday, Jan. 29, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances.
    • Evening Performances:
    • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 2 and 3; Feb. 7, 9, and 10; and Feb. 14, 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays-Saturdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 4-6, Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 18-20, at 8 p.m.
    • Matinee Performances:
    • Saturdays-Sundays, Jan. 30-31, Feb. 6-7, Feb. 13-14, and Feb. 20-21, at 2:30 p.m.
    • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Tuesday, Feb. 9. Discuss the play with cast members of Red during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Pre-Show Lecture: Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a half-hour pre-show lecture with Todd Smith, CEO and director of the Orange County Museum of Art, about Mark Rothko and his art, followed by a performance of Red.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Feb. 6, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Red.  Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: The Madwoman in the Volvo* by Sandra Tsing Loh (Jan. 3-24, 2016); Pinocchio by Greg Banks (Feb. 5-21, 2016, Theatre for Young Audiences, Julianne Argyros Stage); Going to a Place where you Already Are* by Bekah Brunstetter (March 6-27, 2016, Julianne Argyros Stage); Future Thinking* (March 25-April 24, 2016, Segerstrom Stage); Office Hour* by Julia Cho (April 10-May 1, 2016, Julianne Argyros Stage); Amadeus by Peter Shaffer (May 6-June 5, 2016, Segerstrom Stage); and The Light Princess by Mike Pettry and Lila Rose Kaplan (May 20-June 5, 2016, Theatre for Young Audiences, Julianne Argyros Stage). The 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival runs April 22-24, 2016.

*Denotes world premieres

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ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.