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Red opens Goodman Theatre’s new season, runs September 17-October 23, 2011

 

(Chicago, IL) Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls announces his cast for Red, John Logan’s two-person Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that launches the Goodman’s 2011/2012 season (September 17 – October 23, 2011). Washington, D.C.-based actor Edward Gero assumes the role of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko and Chicagoan Patrick Andrews portrays Ken, Rothko’s young new assistant. Tickets for Red ($25 – $89) go on sale August 5. Season subscriptions (starting at $100 for five plays) and tickets for groups of 10 or more (savings of up to 50%) are available now. Call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org. ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor and Katten Muchin Rosenman is a Major Corporate Sponsor. Following the Chicago engagement, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will remount the Goodman’s production of Red in Washington, D.C., January 20 – March 4, 2012, in the Kreeger Theater. Visit ArenaStage.org for details.

“I’m thrilled to welcome back Ed Gero to the Goodman for John Logan’s brilliant work, Red. In my recent production of King Lear, Ed was a brilliant Gloucester, and is counted among Washington, D.C.’s most prolific theater artists,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “I’m excited to work for the first time with Patrick Andrews, a rising star who has distinguished himself in major roles throughout Chicago following his memorable turn in The Actor—a highlight of our 2008 Horton Foote Festival.”

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, a play hailed as “smart and scintillating” (The New Yorker) and “intense and exciting” (The New York Times).

“To say that I am excited by the challenge of wrestling with this fiercely intelligent play and deeply complex character of Mark Rothko would be an understatement,” said Edward Gero. “To have the opportunity to do so at two of America’s greatest theaters—the Goodman and Arena Stage—defies description. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and dig in.”

Added Patrick Andrews, “I feel privileged to be trusted with this intimate and pointed play. Chicago has given me incredible opportunities to grow as an artist, and my first time on the Goodman stage was a major building block on that journey. This role, and the chance to work with Bob and Ed for the first time, is filled with exciting potential, nerves and personal growth.”

Edward Gero (Mark Rothko) returns to the Goodman, where he previously appeared in King Lear. Gero is a four-time Helen Hayes Award recipient and a 14-time Helen Hayes nominee. His regional credits include a recently completed run as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus at Round House Theatre, 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 for both. 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. Other favorites include John in Shining City, Ivan in The Seafarer and Tom Sargeant in Skylight (Helen Hayes Award), Uncle Vanya and Phillip Gellburg in Broken Glass. In 28 seasons with Shakespeare Theatre Company, he has played 70 roles including Hotspur in Henry IV (Helen Hayes Award), Bolingbroke in Richard II (Helen Hayes Award) and Macduff in Macbeth (Helen Hayes Award). Film and television credits include Die Hard 2, Striking Distance, and narrations for the Discovery Channel and PBS.

Patrick 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 Snow Queen at Victory Gardens Theater; Into the Woods at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire; Willy Wonka at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Sparrow at The House Theatre and Dorian at Bailiwick Chicago. Other regional credits include American Buffalo at McCarter Theatre Center, Saved at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and West Side Story at Walnut Street Theatre. Additionally, Andrews performed in the national tour of Broadway’s Fosse. Choreography credits include Cherrywood, directed by David Cromer at Mary-Arrchie Theatre; Queertopia at About Face Theatre; Go, Dog. Go! At Chicago Children’s Theatre and Bible B-Sides with Sinnerman Ensemble. On television, he has appeared in The Chicago Code. Andrews is an ensemble member of American Theatre Company, an artistic associate with About Face Theatre, a member of the queer-electronic-f*#% band Daan and a member of Goldmine.

Bio information and images for all artists involved with Red can be found in the Press Room.

A Season Opening Benefit, in conjunction with Red, takes place on September 27, 2011 at the Art Institute of Chicago’s

Modern Wing.

For tickets and more information about the Season Opening Benefit, call 312.443.5564.

The world premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang (June 18 – July 24) is the final production in Goodman Theatre’s 2010/2011 Season. The upcoming 2011/2012 Season includes: Red by John Logan, directed by Robert Falls (September 17 – October 23, 2011); the 34th annual production of A Christmas Carol (November 18 – December 31, 2011); Race by David Mamet, directed by Chuck Smith (January 14 – February 19, 2012); The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and co-produced with McCarter Theatre (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February 25 – March 25, 2012); Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March 10 – April 15, 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, in partnership with Teatro Vista (April 7 – May 6, 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June 16 – July 22, 2012). There are two productions still to be announced in the 2011/2012 season. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is a national center dedicated to the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Managing Director Edgar Dobie, Arena Stage is the largest company in the country dedicated to American plays and playwrights.

Arena Stage produces huge plays of all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays through the American Voices New Play Institute. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000. ArenaStage.org.

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its downtown facility, welcoming nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving 30 percent more students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn

Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. The Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox, and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

Visit the Goodman virtually: watch artist interviews at ExploreTheGoodman.org; catch the latest news from rehearsal on the Goodman’s Blog, Goodman Theatre.Blogspot.com; Friend us at Facebook.com/GoodmanTheatre; Follow us at

Twitter.com/GoodmanTheatre and peek behind-the-scenes at YouTube.com/TheGoodmanTheatre.

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