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The Life And Work Of Mark Rothko, Explored In 'Red' 13:29
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Thomas Derrah (left) as artist Mark Rothko and Karl Baker Olson (right, foreground) as his assistant Ken in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of "Red." (Photo:  Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo)
Thomas Derrah (left) as artist Mark Rothko and Karl Baker Olson (right, foreground) as his assistant Ken in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of "Red." (Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo)

"Red" is the name of John Logan's Tony Award winning play about Mark Rothko, the brilliant and tormented abstract expressionist painter who committed suicide in 1960. Red is the dominant color of many of Rothko's most famous works. And Red represents the fiery, burning heat of Rothko's passion and torment as he demands that the world see and feel his art.

In a new production by Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Company, actor Thomas Derrah plays Mark Rothko with remarkable intensity.  Derrah and director David Gammons will join us to discuss the production.

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This program aired on January 12, 2012.

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