By John Logan


Auditions will be Monday, March 12, 2018, from 7:00 – 10:00pm with callbacks on Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Performances will be from May 4 to May 20th, 2018 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  There also will be one Sunday or Monday evening “Industry Night” performance. (Date TBD)

NOTE: Auditions for RED will be BY SUBMISSION ONLY.  Submission procedure is outlined below.

If invited to audition please prepare a one-two minute dramatic monologue.  If you are called back you will be given sides from the script.


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. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award.


(NOTE: Seeking NON-UNION actors only)

Mark Rothko (50-60):   American Abstract expressionist painter who has achieved much critical acclaim at this point in his career. “A man of fierce opinions and didactic conversation,” he is mercurial, moody, controlling, and riddled with angst as he attempts to create art of meaning and importance.  He is predisposed to bouts of depression, with an incessant need to ask deep questions about the meaning and purpose of art and how it reflects the meaning and purpose (or lack thereof) of life.  Rothko is opinionated, driven, and extremely set in his ways. Yet, beneath his tough exterior and jaded outlook on life and art, lies the heart and vulnerability of a deeply feeling man of immense emptiness and passionate longing.

Ken (18-28):  Rothko’s new assistant.  An aspiring painter, Ken is awestruck and nervous to be working alongside this master.  Quiet by nature, Ken eventually finds a voice for himself and a way to express his criticisms of the art and artists who have come before him, and his enthusiasm for the future of art to come.



Auditions for RED will be BY SUBMISSION ONLY.  Email headshot and resume to

Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00pm; Callbacks: Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 – 10:00pm.

The Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA.

Rehearsals from March 24 – May 3.  Rehearsals are from 7 – 10:30pm Sundays through Wednesday and Friday. Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00pm.


Questions should be directed via email to


Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.