Theater professor showcased in ‘Red’

Huntington University Theater Company presents the six-time 2010 Tony Award winning drama "Red," opening Feb. 13.

Jay Duffer takes on the role of 20th century artist Mark Rothko, who has been commissioned to paint murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant. He guides his assistant Ken, played by Joshua Cookingham, to mix paints and prepare the frames for paint, as Ken questions Rothko's theories of art.

Duffer is department chair and associate professor of theater arts at HU.

The play is directed by Thom Hofrichter, an adjunct professor at Huntington University.

Jonathan Hicks, assistant professor of theater at HU, handles set, lighting and sound design. Costumes were created by Mary Zellers. Murals for the drama were created by 2012 HU graduate Kendra Kendall.

"Red" was written by John Logan and first performed in London in 2009. It was awarded "Best Play" at the 2010 Tony Awards.

"Red" will be performed in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University Feb. 13 to 15 and Feb. 20 to 22. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Feb. 15 and 22. Running time is 90 minutes without an intermission. Due to some language and adult content, this drama is not suitable for younger audiences.

For tickets, call the MCA Box Office at 359-4261 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets also will be sold at the door before every performance.