Stephen Rowe and Oscar Nominee Haley Joel Osment Open Philly Premiere of Red Oct. 19

By Kenneth Jones
19 Oct 2011

Haley Joel Osment and Stephen Rowe
Haley Joel Osment and Stephen Rowe
Photo by Mark Garvin

Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment of "The Sixth Sense" and "Pay It Forward" plays opposite Broadway veteran Stephen Rowe in the resident Philadelphia production of John Logan's Tony Award-winning Red, opening Oct. 19 following previews from Oct. 14.

The Philadelphia Theatre Company production plays to Nov. 13. Anders Cato directs.

Rowe plays abstract-expressionist painter Mark Rothko in this snapshot of an artist's passion — and future decline. Rowe understudied the role on Broadway, and also appeared in Broadway's Frost/Nixon, The Goat, Some Americans Abroad, The Nerd, Spoils of War and Serious Money.

Osment plays Rothko's (fictional) studio assistant, Ken. His other film credits include "A.I." and "Secondhand Lions." He took four years off to attend NYU and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. During his time at NYU he made his Broadway debut in 2008 in a revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo co-starring John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer.



According to PTC, "In Red, master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art — a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. Raw and provocative, Red is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work of art."

Red's creative team includes set designer James Noone, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, costume designer Alejo Vietti and sound designer-composer Josh Schmidt.

Logan won the Best Play Tony Award for Red. His other plays include Never the Sinner, Hauptmann and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park. His screenplays include "Gladiator" and "The Aviator," for which he was Oscar-nominated, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Any Given Sunday," "Star Trek: Nemesis," "The Time Machine" and "The Last Samurai."

Philadelphia Theatre Company's Suzanne Roberts Theatre is located at Broad and Lombard Streets. Visit PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org. for more information.

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Founded in 1974, Philadelphia Theatre Company's mission is "to produce, develop and present entertaining and imaginative contemporary theatre focused on the American experience that both ignites the intellect and touches the soul. By developing new work through commissions, readings and workshops PTC generates projects that have a national impact and reach broad regional audiences."

Under the leadership of Sara Garonzik as PTC's producing artistic director since 1982, PTC "supports the work of a growing body of diverse dramatists and takes pride in being a home to scores of nationally recognized artists who have participated in more than 140 world and Philadelphia premieres."

PTC has received 45 Barrymore Awards and 155 nominations. Shira Beckerman was recently hired as PTC's new managing director after an extensive six-month national search. Beckerman's most recent position was managing director at The Pearl Theatre Company Off-Broadway. In October 2007, PTC moved into a home of its own, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Center City Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.