Patricia Neal Stage


August 5 - September 3, 2016


Director: Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Writer: By John Logan


In this riveting drama, Logan creates a searing portrait of master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. In 1958-59, Rothko works in his New York studio with his young assistant, Ken, painting a series of murals for the famed Four Seasons restaurant. Over time, Ken gains the confidence to challenge him and Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. From The New York Times – “Intense and exciting….” From The New Yorker – “Smart, eloquent entertainment…”

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John Logan
John Logan received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play RED. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. He is the author of more than a dozen other plays including NEVER THE SINNER and HAUPTMANN. His adaptation of Ibsen’s THE MASTER BUILDER premiered on the West End in 2003. As a screenwriter, Logan had three movies released in 2011: HUGO, CORIOLANUS and RANGO. Previous film work includes SWEENEY TODD (Golden Globe award); THE AVIATOR (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA nominations); GLADIATOR (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA nominations); THE LAST SAMURAI; ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, and RKO 281 (WGA award, Emmy nomination).
MJ Bruder Munafo
MJ Bruder Munafo has served as the Artistic & Executive Director of Martha's Vineyard Playhouse since 1995. Previously, she worked for ten years as the Playhouse’s Managing and Producing Director. She is responsible for the management of the Playhouse and the production of well over 250 plays during her tenure. Her education in the theater has been in the theater itself, but in 1994, while actively running the Playhouse, she returned to school. In June of 1997, she graduated cum laude from Harvard University's Extension School, earning her ALB with a Concentration in Drama. Her work as a stage director spans over twenty-five years and over fifty plays; including highly-acclaimed productions of The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird and Our Town, as well as productions of Proof, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Laramie Project, Master Harold and the Boys, The Children's Hour and others too numerous to mention. In addition, she has helped develop and direct many new plays including Jon Lipsky’s Walking the Volcano in 2009, and in 2015, she directed Arnie Reisman’s Not Constantinople and Edward L. Beck's Sweetened Water. MJ is committed to educating children and introducing them to the theater. So far at the Playhouse, she has co-founded The Fourth Grade Theater Project, TeenProv!, Summer Stars Theater Arts Camp, The Fabulists: Theater for Children and Theater Kidz. In addition to directing on the stage, Ms. Bruder Munafo has served as a casting consultant for film and television projects on the Vineyard. She is a member of SDC. MJ is the recipient of the 2005 Creative Living Award from the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard. She and her husband Paul live in Vineyard Haven.
Victor Talmadge
VICTOR TALMADGE (Rothko) is pleased to be back at The Playhouse. He has worked extensively in New York and regional theaters and was on Broadway in the world premiere of David Mamet's, November. He played “The King” in the Tony Award winning production of the Broadway National tour of The King and I and was seen as Scar in the Los Angeles production of The Lion King. Mr. Talmadge boasts extensive film and television credits, as well. He is a recurring character the TV series, Manhattan. Some of the actors and directors he has worked with include, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Joe Johnston David Fincher and Michael Apted. As a playwright, his play, The Gate Of Heaven, was awarded The Nakashima Peace Prize. It was the first live theater to be produced at The U.S. Holocaust Memorial and has been subsequently performed at The Old Globe Theater, Fords Theater, and The Annenberg Center, as well as various venues around the country. He is currently Professor and Director of Theater Studies, Mills College.
Michael Jennings Mahoney
MICHAEL JENNINGS MAHONEY (Ken) is thrilled to be making his debut at Martha's Vineyard Playhouse. Broadway: CAMELOT (concert), BRIGADOON (concert), OLIVER (concert), SOMETHING WONDERFUL (concert) Off Broadway/NYC Theatre: COLLEGE: THE MUSICAL (NYMF, ATAC Theatre) THE SECRET GARDEN (APAC), HAMLET, JOAN OF ARC (Gorilla Rep. Theatre), IRENE, ERNEST IN LOVE, ROBERTA, NAUGHTY MARIETTA, HALF A SIXPENCE (Musicals Tonight!) Regional: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Trinity Rep. RI), PULSE (The Guthrie MN), THE CMPLTE WRKS...(Kentucky Repertory Company KY) ALTAR BOYZ! (Media Theatre, PA) CHRISTMASTIME: IN CONCERT (W/ Debbie Reynolds, The Palace Theatre SC) THE MAGICAL SPIRIT OF IRELAND (King's suite theatre, SC) BFA: Musical Theatre, University of Michigan. MFA: Acting, Brown/Trinity Rep (Stephen Sondheim Fellow) So much Love and Thanks to Chris, Grandma, Mom and Dad for all of your love and support!