‘Red’ paints a different tone across studio stage at Huntington University

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2014-01-30
"Red" on the MCA Studio Theatre stageHUNTINGTON, Ind. – Riches and high achievement, torment and darkness tantalize Mark Rothko during the prime of his artistic career. Huntington University Theater Company presents the six-time 2010 Tony Award winning drama “Red,” to open Feb. 13.

Nestled in Bowery, New York, 20th century artist, Mark Rothko (Jay Duffer) has been commissioned to paint murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant. He guides his assistant, Ken (Joshua Cookingham) to mix paints and prepare the frames for paint. Young Ken’s curiosity gets the best of him and he continues to question Rothko’s theories of art. The intense play speaks to the heart of an artist and to all those who long to be understood.

“’Red’ is a reminder of many life lessons to us all. Life is short. Don’t waste the time we have been given,” said director Thom Hofrichter. “Time is a gift to be used wisely, a finite gift — use it to be passed on to those who are making the most out of life.”

The cast of “Red” is perhaps one of the smallest in HU history and ultimately highlights faculty and staff of the Huntington University Theatre Company. Stepping from backstage and taking the stage as Rothko is department chair and associate professor of theater arts Jay Duffer. Jonathan Hicks, assistant professor of theater, displays his talents through set, lighting and sound design. Costume creation credit belongs to Mary Zellers. Adjunct professor Thom Hofrichter puts on the director’s hat. Murals for the drama were created by 2012 HU alum Kendra Kendall.

“I think it is a great opportunity for Josh (Ken) to see and perform with a professional actor (Jay), and it is exciting to see just how good of an actor Jay is.” Hofrichter said.

“Red” was originally written by John Logan and first performed in London in 2009 and was awarded “Best Play” at the 2010 Tony Awards.

“Red” will debut in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University from February 13-15 and Feb. 20-22. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with special 2 p.m. matinee performances on Feb. 15 and 22. Running time is 90 minutes without an intermission. Due to some language and adult content, this drama is not suitable for younger audiences.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $6 for children 13 and younger, $5 for HU students and $9 for HU faculty and staff.

Because of the stage setup, seating is limited. Purchase your tickets early to guarantee space.

For reservations, call the MCA Box Office at 260-359-4261 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets also will be sold at the door before every performance. Tickets are now on sale.

For more information about the Huntington University Theatre Company, visit www.huntington.edu/theatre.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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