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New Stage produces five plays each year in its subscription series, in addition to a Holiday show, an annual student matinee, and a kids-only show that features local area talent. Main stage productions range from master works to contemporary classics to new plays. All carry the mark of professional quality for which the theatre has long been recognized.

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New Stage Theatre is pleased to announce a partnership with the Mississippi Museum of Art during the upcoming production of RED. The production will run from April 12 through April 24 at New Stage Theatre and will complement the Museum’s presentation of When Modern was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, the 15th featured exhibition in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series, on view from April 9 through October 30, 2016.

New Stage Theatre’s Artistic Director Francine Thomas Reynolds said: “I have been waiting for the opportunity to present the Tony Best Play award winner RED at New Stage Theatre since I first read it in 2011. “It is hard to resist a play that begins with the question, “What do you see?”, so when Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, approached me with the news that there was going to be a Rothko in the upcoming When Modern Was Contemporary exhibit, I knew we had to make it happen. It is such a wonderful opportunity to be able to partner with the prestigious Mississippi Museum of Art, and I look forward to the many ancillary activities planned around the production of RED.” As the play opens, Mark Rothko set himself apart as an artist. His abstract expressionist paintings are already world-famous, when he lands a commission of a lifetime. He works feverishly for two years only to be challenged dramatically by his assistant. The world of Mark Rothko comes alive in RED as we watch him create, contemplate, and confront his own demons and the changing world around him in this complex, mutli-layered play.

New Stage is excited that the theatre’s own John Maxwell is on board to play this thrilling portrait of Mark Rothko and can’t wait for our audiences to be introduced to New York actor Cliff Miller, who has been cast as Rothko’s assistant, Ken. The play offers the opportunity for both actors to present “tour de force” performances.

New Stage Theatre presents RED April 12-24, 2016. Curtain times and dates for performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and 2:00 PM on Sundays. Ticket prices are $28.00 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, located inside the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center, charged by phone by calling the theatre at (601) 948-3533 or ordered online at

RED by John Logan

Directed by Francine Thomas Reynolds

April 12-16 and 19-23 at 7:30 PM April 17 and 24 at 2 PM

*Contains Strong Language

Mississippi actor John Maxwell reflects on playing the role of modern artist Mark Rothko during New Stage Theatre’s presentation of RED.

Francine Reynolds, Artistic Director at New Stage Theatre, discusses bringing RED to Mississippi and how modern art and Mississippi life connect.

A look at 50 years of New Stage Theatre. 

Credit to: New Stage Theatre

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