By John Logan

It is the late 1950s and Mark Rothko, the Master Abstract Expressionist painter, is at a crossroads in his career. 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 inside the Seagram’s Building. The play takes place in Rothko’s studio on the Bowery, where he works feverishly with the help of a smart, young assistant Ken. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his biggest achievement could also become his undoing. Will his paintings survive in a place that represents everything—greed, commercialism, bourgeois comfort—he detests?

Directed by David Barker

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Directed by
David Barker

David Barker

Mark Rothko:
Christopher Haines

Chris Haines

Marshall Glass