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ARTS FIRST at the Harvard Art Museums: Harvard Student Premiere of Red, by John Logan

Image: Kathryn McCawley ’17


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Harvard students are invited to the premiere of a new production of John Logan’s Red, directed by Max McGillivray ’16 and produced by Andrew Gelfand ’15 and Megan Jones ’16.

In a run-down and repurposed gymnasium, abstract expressionist Mark Rothko stares into a canvas of red and black, a work for his next commission, a series of murals that will make him the richest and most sought-after painter alive. With his new assistant, Ken, Rothko explores the boundaries of art and apprenticeship. Red presents a cautionary tale about creation and destruction, passion and obsession, and the red and black in one man’s life that is thicker than paint. The 90-minute play is staged in conjunction with the museums’ current special exhibition, Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals.

The performance will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Select galleries will be open for one hour after the performance.

This event is open to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. Admission is free, but space is limited and tickets are required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at noon on April 17 at the Harvard Box Office, located in the Smith Campus Center at 1350 Massachusetts Avenue.

There will be public performances on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at 1pm. Seating for these performances is first come, first served.

This event is part of the Intersections series, which features student and faculty performances inspired by the Harvard Art Museums collections.

ARTS FIRST (April 30–May 3, 2015) is an annual festival organized by the Office for the Arts at Harvard that showcases student and faculty creativity on campus.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.