capital-rep.JPGAlbany, N.Y. - Capital Repertory Theatre proudly announces the opening of RED, John Logan's Tony Award® winning biographical drama about Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko and the power of art.  Public preview performances begin April 19, with press opening on April 23. Performances continue through May 19. RED artfully transforms the Capital Rep stage into Rothko's gritty Manhattan studio in 1958, when the abstract artist was at the height of his fame and began work on a prestigious commission of murals for the elite Four Seasons restaurant in New York's Seagram Building. Working with an assistant half his age, Rothko comes face to face with his own artistic doubts, professional ethics, and the onslaught of Pop Art, dedicated to tearing down everything he stands for. Creation of the murals becomes a meditation on art, fame, money and the intractable mysteries of life and death.  The New York Times observed that RED, "asks you to feel the texture and shape of thoughts as it captures the dynamic relationship between and artist and his creations." The Guardian of London said the play "makes you want to rush out and renew acquaintance with Rothko's work." After an acclaimed run in London, RED opened on Broadway in 2010 and received six Tony® Awards, including Best Play for playwright John Logan. Long a writer for the stage, Logan is more widely known as a screenwriter, having penned the 2012 James Bond mega-hit Skyfall and 2011 Martin Scorsese film Hugo, for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Logan's screenwriting has been nominated Academy Awards in 2000, for Best Picture winner Gladiator, and in 2004 for Scorsese's The Aviator. RED is directed by Capital Rep's Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. "This is the hottest play in the United States at the moment and we're thrilled to be able to create this production for our Capital Region audiences," said Mancinelli-Cahill.  "Kevin McGuire's return as our Rothko together with John Logan's words and Mark Rothko's art and passion generate a rare opportunity for a director.  I love this play because it reminds us how artists define our world-that art matters."   The two-man cast is anchored by Kevin McGuire as Mark Rothko. McGuire just completed a run in Donnybrook! at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York, and this past fall played Ernest Hemingway in Matthew Barney's epic film River Of Fundament. He has appeared on Broadway and in National and International tours of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, and Jane Eyre. He was Founding Artistic Director of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge. RED marks McGuire's return to Capital Repertory Theater, where he played Don Quixote in the highly successful 2011 production of Man of La Mancha. Ken, Rothko's assistant, is played by David Kenner in his Capital Rep debut. He has appeared in Twelfth Night in Shakespeare in the Park, The Prophet Muhammad: A Musical and Help Yourself at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Pride and Prejudice with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, among numerous other roles. The production is highlighted by an extended sequence when Rothko and David, as his assistant Ken, join in wordless interplay to dramatically paint an oversized blank canvas. David brings depth of feeling to his Ken that makes RED about so much more than only Rothko and a painting commission, and proves that he is a young actor to watch. Preview performances for RED are April 19­-21, and the official press opening is April 23. Regular performance continue through May 19, Tuesday­ through Thursday at 7:30PM; Friday and Saturday at 8:00PM; Saturday matinee 3PM, Sunday matinee 2PM.  There will be two Wednesday matinees on May 1 and 15 at 2:00PM. Capital Repertory is located on 111 N. Pearl Street in Albany. Opening night includes a live lobby musical performance by Amy Shake and complimentary post-show champagne and dessert.  The "Chef's Table" performance on April 30 includes pre-show music by Shake and complimentary hors d'oeuvres from The Merry Monk and The Albany Pump Station, free for ticket holders beginning at 6:30PM in the lobby. A "Behind the Scenes presentation with director and Capital Rep's artistic director Mancinelli-Cahill takes place on Sunday, May 12, at 1 PM. Complimentary continental breakfast for all ticket holders begins at 12:30 in the theatre lobby. Discussion Night for RED, with the director and actors, will take place after each Wednesday evening performance. RED is sponsored by Nixon Peabody LLP and Omni Development Company, Inc. Ticket prices range from $20-$65. Students with valid ID: $16 all shows.  For tickets and information, call TICKETS BY PROCTORS, (518) 445-SHOW or online at http://www.capitalrep.org/.

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