Red, by John Logan

April 12 through May 5, 2024. (No performance on Sunday, April 28, 2024.) - Fridays at Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2, at the Kennedy Catholic High School theater space (140 S 140th St, Burien, WA 98168) - free parking and entrance around the back of the building - follow the signs!

On Sunday, April 21, 2024, the understudy (Colin Madison) will perform the role of Ken.

 

(Masks are required at all performances. Don't have a mask? BAT will give you one!)


Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, Red takes us into the mind of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, for whom paintings are “pulsating” life forces and art is intended to stop the heart. Raw and provocative, but with snippets of humor, Red chronicles the tormented painter’s two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant, and his fraught relationship with a seemingly naïve young assistant, who must choose between appeasing his mentor—and changing the course of art history.

 

A little background on Mark Rothko.

The story behind Red, Mark Rothko's Seagram Murals.

 

Review: "It is astounding that there is not a single moment that falls flat in the entire 100-minute run." B-town Blog LINK.

Review: "It’s not exactly a light play, and it’ll surely make you think, but this production is so engaging and well performed, you’ll be happy to have been a part of it." The Sound on Stage LINK.

Review: "BAT’s production of Red is well-paced and never feels rushed, it never misses a beat." Westside Seattle LINK.

Review: "The production runs just over two hours and it’s worth every minute. Don’t miss it. Don’t miss it." The Suburban Times.

 

Run Time: 100 minutes, there is no intermission.

Contains some adult language.

 

Directed by:

   Beau Prichard

Beau M.K. Prichard (Stage Director) was born in Australia, raised in New Zealand, and educated by Quakers in Oregon. Beau has frequently collaborated with Scott C. Brown, including on a previous version of Red at SecondStory Repertory, as well as Two Rooms, several productions of The Veteran's Day Project, and possibly the most aggressively unpleasant version of the Christmas Carol ever staged. Beau is very grateful to be returning to BAT, where he has worked on The Letters, Dr. Frankenstein, and Rapture, Blister, Burn. Beau is also thrilled to be collaborating once again with his sister Rochelle, who designed the costumes for this production. Beau occasionally acts, and was recently seen in The Shawshank Redemption at Tacoma Little Theatre, where he has also created sound designs, most recently for Misery. Thank you for coming to the show. Beau is grateful to his friends and family for their support, and is grateful to you for coming to live theatre.  

 

Cast:

   Mark Rothko        Scott C. Brown

Scott C. Brown (Mark Rothko) is thrilled to be performing in his first production with BAT, long time listener, first time caller. He’s worked with most of the South Sound theatres, and favorite roles include Salieri in Amadeus; RP McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Lakewood Playhouse); Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Stagedoor Productions); Father Flynn in Doubt (Gold from Straw); Bobby in the world premiere of Sins of the Mother, and Sheriff Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird (Harlequin Productions). Film work includes: Depth, The Hollow One, A Bit of Bad Luck, and Scrapper, the TV pilot for Camp Abercorn, and he was in the final season of SyFy’s Z Nation. He has also been seen in local, regional and national commercials, and been heard in audio books, commercials, on the radio and other Voice Acting work. Scott received his theater degree from Western Oregon State College. Deepest thanks to Beau, Seamus, Mikey, Colin and crew/staff for ALL the support. And lastly, thank you to Katie for putting up with me being gone for so many nights so that I can do this crazy thing called theatre. And THANK YOU to the audience for supporting BAT and Live Theatre.

 

     Understudy        Michael Mendonsa

Michael Mendonsa (Mark Rothko understudy, Stage Crew) previously appeared at BAT in The Letters, Hardened Criminals, and in the title role in Ben Butler. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University at Fresno, and graduate degrees from The University of Iowa and Johns Hopkins University, where he worked with renowned playwright Edward Albee. His regional theatre work includes productions at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska; Alaska Festival Theatre and Toast Theatre, both in Anchorage; and Los Altos Conservatory Theatre in California.

 

   Ken                      Seamus C. Smith

Seamus C. Smith (Ken) is excited to be making his debut with Burien Actors Theatre! He is extremely grateful to be bringing to life one of his favorite pieces of theatre and getting to work with such a talented scene partner, director, and production team. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from CWU and is an actor, director and stage manager from Bothell, WA. His notable roles include Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (BPA), Somebody in Everybody (Central Theatre Ensemble), Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice (CTE), Simon Bliss in Hay Fever (inD Theatre), and Jeff McCrackin in Kimberly Akimbo (As If Theatre). He wants to thank Emily and Kathryn for introducing him to this play, his family for continuing to support his dreams, and Josephine for her constant love and support! Special thank you to Jason Gingold for making this happen.

 

     Understudy        Colin Madison - will perform the role of Ken on April 21, 2024.

Colin Madison (Ken u/s) is thrilled to be returning to BAT after a few years dabbling in musicals elsewhere. He has most recently been seen in "RENT" and "Avenue Q" at Renton Civic Theatre. In addition to performing, Colin has been directing in the Seattle area for the past eight years, and  co-founded STAGEright; which produced plays and musicals in the Capitol Hill neighborhood from 2009-2017. Special thanks to Beau for not writing me all the way off, to Astrid for putting up with me wandering around ranting into a little red book, and especially special thanks to Stef for the help, feedback, and amazing unwavering support. Enjoy the show! 

 

 

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