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Liberty Free Theatre’s play reading of ‘Red’

Paul Austin, artistic director of the Liberty Free Theatre, will play the role of legendary painter Mark Rothko in the performance reading of John Logan’s play “Red.”
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September 4, 2013

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the Liberty Free Theatre in a performance reading of the play “Red” by John Logan at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature Paul Austin, artistic director of the Liberty Free Theatre, in the role of acclaimed abstract painter Mark Rothko and Bradley Diuguid in the role of his assistant.

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award, “Red” was praised by the New York Times as “intense and exciting… a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts.” Legendary painter Mark Rothko (Paul Austin) is creating a group of murals in his New York studio for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He gives orders to his assistant Ken (Bradley Diuguid), as he mixes the paints, makes the frames and paints the canvases. Ken, however, brashly questions Rothko’s theories of art and his “selling out” to work on such a lavish commercial project.

The play is in one act and runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. The performance will be followed by a free reception with refreshments.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $25. Advance reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations, call 845/436-4227 or email Proceeds will benefit CAS and the Liberty Free Theatre. Visit