Theatrical Outfit Announces the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, Red


Theatrical Outfit is proud to announce the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, Red. February 1 to March 11, 2012 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. Starring Tom Key as Mark Rothko and Jimi Kocina as his young assistant and directed by David de Vries.

Obsessive, vain, arrogant and brilliant, modernist painter Mark Rothko turned the art world on its head with his revolutionary studies in color, shape, and texture. In this raw and provocative portrait of the master abstract expressionist and his young assistant, ambition and vulnerability go hand in hand as Rothko tries to create his crowning achievement that could also become his undoing.

Red by John Logan is recommended for ages 14 and up. Performances are Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. $15 Senior Matinees are on Wednesday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 25 at 2:30 p.m. Group discounts are available, please call 678-528-1497. For more tickets and more information about Red, please call 678-528-1500 or  visit Theatrical Outfit’s website.


John Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago’s famed amusement park. His play Red about artist Mark Rothko received six Tony Awards in 2010, the most of any play, including best play, best direction of a play for Michael Grandage and best featured actor in a play for Eddie Redmayne. Logan wrote Any Given Sunday and the television movie RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the Best Picture-winner, Gladiator in 2000. He gained another nomination for writing 2004’s The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Other notable films written by Logan include Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, and the Tim Burton-directed musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he received a Golden Globe Award. Logan’s most recent feature films include Rango, an animated feature starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski, the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, and the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret directed by Martin Scorsese.


David DeVries is pleased to be with the Outfit again after beginning his career at the old Kress Building in shows like The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Moon for the Misbegotten, I’m Not Rappaport and most recently in Freud’s Last Session. He went on to appear as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and has toured the country in the National Tour of Wicked. Recent credits: Carapace (Alliance), Circle Mirror Transformation (TITS), Necessary Roughness (USA Network) and Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime). David is an award-winning audio book narrator and is the proud father of Willem, who possesses a nasty slider.


Tom Key (Mark Rothko) has served as Executive Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit since 1995. Tom Key has performed at the Lambs Theater off-Broadway, the John F. Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Theater Center and the Alliance. With the late singer-songwriter, Harry Chapin, he conceived and co-authored the off-Broadway musical hit, Cotton Patch Gospel. Most recently he has adapted John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces at T.O. and starred in T.O.’s The Young Man From Atlanta. Tom Key is dedicated to the Theatrical Art Form as a catalyst to creating community.

Jimi Kocina (Ken)

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