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Is art meant to provoke, soothe, or disturb?
ATC_RedThat’s the question at the heart of Arizona Theatre Company’s new production Red, which opens May 3 at Herberger Theater Center.
Based on true events, master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has been commissioned to paint a series of murals for New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant.
The grandeur of the job is intimidating and Rothko’s assistant raises some thought-stirring questions about art and commerce.
Provocative dialogue between master and apprentice drives the story. A battle between new school and the old guard.
Red is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
This play contains mature language.
Tickets are $32-$69.
Call (602) 256-6995.
Red runs from May 3 to May 20. For more information, click here.