PHOTO CALL: Jonathan Groff and Alfred Molina Star in L.A. Premiere of Red
By Krissie Fullerton
06 Aug 2012
Jonathan Groff and Alfred Molina star in John Logan's Red, opening August 12, as Tony Award-winning play makes its West Coast premiere as part of Center Theatre Group's season at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Tony nominee Groff (Broadway's Spring Awakening, London's Deathtrap, Off-Broadway's The Submission, TV's "Glee" and "Boss") takes the fictional role of painter's assistant Ken opposite Molina's real-life Mark Rothko.
According to CTG, "It's the 1950s and Rothko is working on a commissioned series of paintings for the new Four Seasons restaurant and his recently hired assistant is rapidly learning about the uncompromising aesthetic of his new boss. Though Rothko feels the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, he tells his assistant, 'There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend . . . One day the black will swallow the red.'"
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.