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Mark Rothko

Teacher-student dynamic at work in 'Red'

Teacher-student dynamic at work in 'Red'

In John Logan's heralded play "Red," the brilliant, suffered-no-fools painter Mark Rothko doesn't have much patience for his new assistant, Ken. "You have a lot to learn, young man," the artist says. "Philosophy. Theology. Literature. Poetry. Drama. History. Archaeology. Anthropology. Mythology. Music. … You cannot be an artist until you are civilized. You cannot be civilized until you learn. To be civilized is to know where you belong in the continuum of your art and your world." To Eric Berryman, who will play Ken opposite Bruce Nelson's Rothko in Everyman Theatre's production of "Red" opening this week, that speech...