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Grandage Wins Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Play for RED!

Michael Grandage is the recipient of the 2010 Drama Desk Award for RED.

Michael Grandage is Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse in London. His work for that company has included Jude Law in Hamlet (also Broadway), Ivanov (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award Best Director), Madame de Sade, Twelfth Night, The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards Best Director), Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (Tony Nomination Award for Best Director), Othello (Evening Standard and Critic's Circle Awards for Best Director), The Wild Duck (Critic's Circle Award Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and Evening Standard Award Best Director), The Cut, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award Best Director), Merrilly We Roll Along (Evening Standard Award Best Director), Privates On Parade, Passion Play (Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Award for Best Director). He was also Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres from 1999 to 2005 where he directed many productions including Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award Best Director). This fall he directs Derek Jacobi as King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

RED, a new American play by John Logan about the master of twentieth century abstract impressionism, Mark Rothko, opened Thursday, April 1 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The production plays a limited run through Sunday, June 27.

RED stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne. The production is directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage. RED marks playwright Logan's Broadway debut.

RED received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Alfred Molina), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Eddie Redmayne), Best Director of a Play (Michael Grandage), Best Set Design of a Play (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design of a Play (Adam Cork). RED has also been nominated for seven Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play and three Drama League Awards, including Best Play.

Eddie Redmayne is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

As part of the Donmar's commitment to greater accessibility, producer Arielle Tepper Madover has announced that more than 60 tickets priced at $25 will be available at every performance through Telecharge.com and the Golden Theatre box office.

RED is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world's largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. RED is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.

RED opened December 8, 2009 at the Donmar. The production was nominated for three 2010 Olivier Awards, including Best Play, with Eddie Redmayne winning the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin. Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.

Tickets ($116.50-$25) are available throughTelecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com. Performances are Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday- Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00, Sunday at 3:00 PM.

For more information, visit www.RedOnBroadway.com.

 

 

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.




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