The second play of our summer season is the Tony Award-winning Red by John Logan. This dynamic drama about famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko (pictured) is â€œintense and exciting,â€ says The New York Times. Both emotional and humorous, itâ€™s an examination of an artist's ambition and vulnerability, pitching art versus commerce and experience versus youth. It runs from July 1-11.
The year is 1958, and the renowned painter Mark Rothko is commissioned to create a series of paintings for a new and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. As he grapples with the idea of making art versus selling out for commercial gain, he begins a series of conversations with his idealistic young assistant, Ken. Over the course of two years, the play examines both the relationship between the artist and his creations, as well as the father/son, teacher/student relationship between Rothko and Ken. The play is intense, funny, heartfelt, and compelling.
The production is directed by Timothy Lâ€™Ecuyer, who brings an eye for detail to both the characterizations of the men in the play, and also the act of producing art. Says Lâ€™Ecuyer, â€œit was important to me that we have an accurate onstage portrayal of how art is created. These men are both experts in their field and should look totally natural handling brushes, sizing and stretching canvases, dealing with turpentine and paints.â€ To that end, Lâ€™Ecuyer has brought in a professional artist to work with the actors and ensure their performances are detailed and realistic.
Both actors in this production will be making their Playhouse debuts. Peter Josephson, who plays Rothko, is a six-time New Hampshire Theatre Award nominee and received the trophy for best actor this January for his role in Penelope with Theatre KAPOW in Derry. He is joined by John-Michael Breen, an actor who has worked extensively with many different theatre companies in New England.
Featuring interviews with the director and cast, plus rehearsal footage!
Please join us for our FREE Educational Programs and Special Events in conjunction
with each of the six productions.
For Red, events include:
"How'd They Do That?" Backstage tour 6-6:30pm, Thursday, July 2 Have you ever wondered "how'd they do that?" or think you know our secrets and want to prove yourself right? Interested in the way things happen backstage and the inner workings on the production? Join Technical Director Andrew Stuart, and his team, for a look behind-the-scenes.
Friday Night Busker Alley 6:30-7:15pm, Friday, July 3 Join us for pre-show entertainment on the outdoor stage. Grab a glass of wine and a sandwich from the lobby bar and head out to the deck or picnic tables for a show before the show! Featuring Middle Ground.
Symposium 6-6:45pm, Tuesday, July 7
Join us for a series of talks and discussions, given by guest experts in their fields, offering insight into some aspect of the play or a related topic. These talks are intellectually stimulating, but are also informal and given in the relaxed setting of the theatre's upstairs lounge. The symposium to accompany Red will be presented by Aimee Piccolo from the Currier Museum.
Talk-Back Wednesday: Post performance Q&A with cast and director, Wednesday, July 8 Here's your chance to participate in (or just observe) a discussion with the cast and director. Ask any burning questions you have, comment on the choices made by actors and designers, or just gain a little bit of unique perspective on the play and production.
Friday Night Busker Alley 6:30-7:15pm, Friday, July 10 Join us for pre-show entertainment on the outdoor stage. Grab a glass of wine and a sandwich from the lobby bar and head out to the deck or picnic tables for a show before the show! Featuring Natalie Hebden.
RSVPs are encouraged for both How'd They Do That? and Symposium. Please call the box office at (603) 279-0333 to RSVP.
Make a Difference Monday
This summer, 15% of tickets sales from our Monday evening performances will be donated to a non-profit chosen for that production. We encourage you to purchase tickets for Monday evenings and support these great causes.
Stand Up Laconia Red, Monday July 6 at 7:30pm
Stand Up Laconia is standing up to effectively and compassionately confront, treat and prevent the causes and consequences of substance abuse in a way that promotes positive, healthy peer and family relationships in our community.
We are pleased to support this important local non-profit.
Hold onto that ticket!
Present your ticket stub for Red at the Guest Services desk at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester and youâ€™ll receive a $1 discount on admission throughout the month of July. (Regular general admission for adults is $12, regular general admission for seniors is $10.) The discount does not apply to youth or student tickets and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount, and is for the museum only.
The Currier Museum contains Mark Rothkoâ€™s â€œUntitled (Red over Brown)â€ as part of its permanent collection.
Meet the Cast
John-Michael makes his debut with The Winnipesaukee Playhouse this season! Favorite past NH credits include Legally Blonde (Derryfield Repertory Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Tobias, NHTA nominee; StageCoach Productions), The 25th Annualâ€¦Spelling Bee (Peacock Players) and Ragtime (Actorsingers). Regional: A Christmas Carol, Nine (North Shore Music Theatre), A Class Act (QM Productions, Inc.), Twenty Eighty-Four (The Pillow Project), A Christmas Story (Stoneham Theatre) and Pete in The Burnt Part Boys (The Bald Theatre Co.). An enthusiast of new works, last summer he collaborated with Blur: a creative collective that devised an adaptation of The Great Gatsby which saw a limited run in the states and a consequent, critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In 2012, he originated the role of John Snow in Snow: the Modern Opera for Genesys Theater. Also passionate about directing, JM has directed one acts by Tennessee Williams and Tony Kushner, Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, and assisted direction on The Handless Maiden for Stoneham Theatreâ€™s the young company and The Kreutzer Sonata for PICT Classic Theater. BFA, Point Park University. He is beyond thankful for and to Tim, Neil and Lesley for these opportunities, and sends love and thanks as always to his family and friends. Twitgram: @refriedbreen / www.john-michaelbreen.com
Peter is thoroughly thrilled to be appearing his first production at the Playhouse. He has performed with the New Hampshire Theatre Project, Theatre Unmasked, ACTONE and Seven Stages Shakespeare. He has appeared in numerous productions with theatre KAPOW, including Hedda Gabler, Agamemnon, A Dream Play, The Burial at Thebes, and Zoo Story. Peter is a former member of Actorsâ€™ Equity Association and a six-time New Hampshire Theatre Award nominee (for Titus Andronicus and Waiting for Godot, both with Ghostlight Productions, and The Illusion, Buried Child, Penelope and Macbeth with theatre KAPOW), and won the award for his performance in theatre KAPOWâ€™s production of Penelope. He is a member of the Michael Chekhov Association and trains with theatre KAPOW.