Edward Gero and Patrick Andrews Paint Chicago Red Starting Sept. 17

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The Goodman Theatre's Robert Falls-directed Chicago premiere of the Tony Award-winning play Red, about painter Mark Rothko, features Washington, DC, actor Edward Gero as the abstract expressionist artist, with Chicago's Patrick Andrews as his assistant. Previews begin Sept. 17.

Patrick Andrews and Edward Gero in rehearsal
Patrick Andrews and Edward Gero in rehearsal Photo by Liz Lauren

Goodman artistic director Falls directs the play by John Logan. The character study won the 2010 Tony Award as Best Play. The new resident production runs to Oct. 23.

This production will move to Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater in Washington, DC, for a run Jan. 20-March 4, 2012.

According to Goodman, "Full-blooded and visceral, the Tony Award-winning Red is a journey into the mind of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, for whom paintings are 'pulsating' life forces and art is intended to stop the heart. 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. Set amid the swiftly-changing cultural tide of the early 1960s, Red is a startling snapshot of a brilliant artist at the height of his fame."

Gero (Mark Rothko) returns to the Goodman, where he previously appeared in King Lear. He is a four-time Helen Hayes Award recipient and a 14-time Helen Hayes nominee. His regional credits include a recently completed run at Round House Theatre as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, where he also played Richard Nixon in Nixon's Nixon in 1999 and 2008 and received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor both times. Additional regional credits include the title character in Signature Theatre's 2010 production of Sweeney Todd; David Malter in The Chosen for Theater J at Arena Stage; Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre; Donny in American Buffalo at The Studio Theatre and Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker at Centerstage in Baltimore.

Andrews (Ken) last appeared at the Goodman in The Actor. His recent Chicago credits include American Buffalo at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Do the Hustle at Writers' Theatre; Cabaret at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook; The Homosexuals and Stupid Kids at About Face Theatre; The People's Temple and Speech & Debate at American Theater Company. The creative team of Red includes Todd Rosenthal (set), Birgit Rattenborg Wise (costumes), Keith Parham (lights), Richard Woodbury (sound). Joseph Drummond is the production stage manager. T. Paul Lynch is the stage manager.

For more information about the Goodman's 2011-12 season, call (312) 443-3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org.

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A season opening benefit, in conjunction with Red, takes place on Sept. 27 at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing. For tickets and more information about the benefit, call (312) 443-5564.

Edward Gero and Patrick Andrews in rehearsal
Edward Gero and Patrick Andrews in rehearsal Photo by Liz Lauren
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