The Sul Ross Theatre Program’s production of Red, a play by John Logan, opens tomorrow, October 18 at the Sul Ross Studio Theatre. Directed by professor of theatre Dona Roman, Red, set in the 1950’s and based on true events, tells the story of American painter Mark Rothko and his struggle to create a series of murals, newly commissioned for the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. Rothko and his assistant Ken paint together and challenge each other’s limits, asking critical questions about the creation of art and the role it should have in society. Red is meant to portray the profound and sometimes unstable dynamic between an artist and his works.

“I chose to direct Red because it celebrates life,” says Roman. “All aspects of life are critical to appreciating the works of Mark Rothko and the works of most artists. It is a beautiful representation of what it means to be an artist, and what it means to be alive.”

Tickets for Red are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors and children. They may be purchased online at or by phone at 432-837-8218. Admission is free for Sul Ross faculty, staff, and students with a valid Sul Ross ID. Season subscriptions are also available for purchase in the Fine Arts Building, room 106. The subscription includes unlimited attendance to the entire 2019-2020 season, including Theatre of Big Bend’s summer productions of the Tony-award-winning musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and hit comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Season subscriptions are $55 for general admission, and $45 for seniors and children.

Red runs weekends from Oct. 18 through October 27 at the Studio Theatre in the Sul Ross Fine Arts Building. Performances begin at 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2:00 pm on Sundays. Red contains strong language; parental guidance suggested.

Written by John Logan, Directed by Dona Roman; Technical Direction, Scenic and Lighting Design by Ross Fleming; Costume Design and construction by Mayra Torres.
Cast: Jonathan “JB” Fields (Rothko), Dillon Orr (Ken).