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Red: Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 02 February 2012

Red
 
Cast:
 
Daniel Benzali*...........................................................Mark Rothko
 
Patrick Alparone*.......................................................Ken
 
 
Creative Team:
 
John Logan................................................................Playwright
 
Rose Riordan..............................................................Director
 
Daniel Meeker............................................................Scenic Designer
 
Diane Ferry Williams.................................................Lighting Designer
 
Jeff Cone...................................................................Costume Designer
 
Sarah Pickett.............................................................Sound Designer
 
Mark Tynan*.............................................................Stage Manager
 
Lydia Comer..............................................................Production Assistant
 
 
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 

Cast Biographies:
 
 
Daniel Benzali (Mark Rothko)
Daniel received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the starring role of Ted Hoffman in the acclaimed television drama series Murder One. He also played a recurring role in NYPD Blue as the attorney James Sinclair (Detective Sipowitz's nemesis) and co-starred in the CIA series The Agency. Mr. Benzali’s film work includes co-starring with Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi and Mira Sorvino in The Grey Zone; with Christian Bale and John Hurt in All the Little Animals; and with Wesley Snipes and Diane Lane in Murder at 1600. Mr. Benzali is one of the few American actors to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, fulfilling a boyhood dream. He co-starred with Patti Lupone in the world premiere production of Sunset Boulevard in London. He also starred as Juan Peron in Evita in London. Mr. Benzali has worked at leading regional theaters throughout the U.S., including Yale Repertory Theater, Arena Stage and the McCarter Theater. He also feels privileged to have worked on the stage of the famed Old Vic Theater in London with Malcolm McDowell and Steenburgen in Holiday, and to have recently played the role of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman.
 
 
Patrick Alparone (Ken)
Patrick is a San Francisco-based actor and thrilled to make his PCS debut.  He recently appeared in Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment at San Francisco Playhouse.  Recent roles include Paulie in Phaedra, adapted by Adam Bock and directed by Rose Riordan; Blake in Octopus; Fin in Mrs. Whitney (Magic Theatre); Billy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (San Francisco Playhouse); JJ Rock in Man of Rock (Climate Theatre); Hamlet in Hamlet (Impact Theatre); and Feste in Twelfth Night (TheatreWorks). Other recent productions include Olive Kitteridge (Word for Word/Zspace), A Streetcar Named Desire (Marin Theatre Co.), Skin (Encore Theatre Co.) and Ambition Facing West (TheatreWorks). Film credits include Cherry (opposite Heather Graham), The Wisdom Tree, This is Hamlet, Seducing Charlie Barker and Two from the Line.  Every performance is dedicated to Patrick’s grandma. patrickalparone.com.
 

Creative Team Biographies:

 
John Logan (Playwright)
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, John 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).
 
Rose Riordan (Director)
Rose is in her 16th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as associate artistic director. Previously at PCS she has directed The North Plan, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story (2010 & 2011), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Doubt, The Underpants, The Pillowman  and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. Locally she has directed Passion Play, Telethon and The Receptionist.  Born and raised in Alaska, Rose began her career in theater before she had acquired a lexicon for describing the work. Her first “professional” play, an intense examination of six stewardesses and their “man troubles,” was presented at Eagle River Elementary School. It solidified Rose’s commitment to a pursuit of theater with the sole desire to illuminate and be illuminated. In 1999 she founded Portland Center Stage’s annual playwrights festival, JAW. JAW has been instrumental in developing new work for the PCS repertory: Outrage, Flesh and Blood, Another Fine Mess, O Lovely Glowworm, Celebrity Row, Act a Lady, The Thugs and A Feminine Ending. She directed staged readings for plays at five of the JAW festivals: The Thugs (2005), Telethon (2006), A Story About a Girl (2007), 99 Ways to F*** a Swan (2009) and The North Plan (2010). She enjoys being part of a company committed to new work and having a beautiful building in which to do so.
 
Daniel Meeker (Scenic Designer)
Daniel is a freelance set and lighting designer based in Portland, Oregon. Previously at PCS he has designed sets and lighting for The Real Americans and Mike’s Incredible Indian Adventure. Other recent credits include lighting for The Last Romance at San Jose Repertory Theatre; set and lighting for Gem of The Ocean and Angels In America for Portland Playhouse at The World Trade Center; set design for I Am Still The Dutchess of Malfi at Artist’s Repertory Theatre; set and lighting for At Home At The Zoo at Profile Theater; lighting for Reasons To Be Pretty at COHO; and lighting for a new collaboration between the Ahn Trio and Nai-Ni Chen Dance in Gainsboro, Florida. Upcoming projects include The Brother Sister Plays at Portland Playhouse and The Understudy at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Prior to moving west with his wife and two children, Daniel designed over 150 shows for theaters both in New York City and regionally. Daniel was a member of the design faculty at Ithaca College from 2000-2005 and is a graduate of Ithaca College and The Yale School of Drama. He is a member of United Scenic Artists. Portfolio at danielmeeker.com.
 
Diane Ferry Williams (Lighting Designer)
Diane Ferry Williams is, as always, pleased to be returning to Portland. Diane is the Resident Lighting Designer at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago and has also worked for many other theatres around the country, including The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Theatre Under the Stars, Goodspeed, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, ACT Seattle, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hubbard Street and Regional Dance America. International work includes The Harlem Gospel Singers in Paris and their European tour, and Die Shone Und Das Biest in Berlin and their European tour. She has also lit several national tours and the premiere of Don’t Stop the Carnival by Jimmy Buffet and Herman Wouk. Awards include a Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, four Drammy Awards (the most recent being One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and seven Jeff nominations.  Diane has a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University.
 
Jeff Cone (Costume Designer)
This is Jeff’s thirteenth season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes for fifty-two productions. Of those shows, thirty-one have been in the last five seasons at the Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars and The Imaginary Invalid. Jeff received Drammy awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde and Act A Lady. In addition to his resident costume designer duties, Jeff is happy to manage the costume shop here at Portland Center Stage.
 
Sarah Pickett (Sound Designer)
Recent theatrical credits in sound design and/or composition include Gypsy at Drury Lane Oakbrook, To Kill A Mockingbird at Dallas Theatre Center, Macbeth and Othello at Theater for a New Audience, A Delicate Balance at Yale Repertory Theater, Of Mice & Men and All’s Well That Ends Well at American Players Theater, Much Ado About Nothing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby at Playmakers Rep, and The Winter’s Tale at Asolo Repertory Theater. She holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and a B.F.A. from Syracuse University.
 
Mark Tynan (Stage Manager)
Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, act given life.  Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery and props -- then you can imagine what Mark’s job is like.  Special thanks to the phenomenal PCS production assistants: Kailyn McCord, Kelsey Daye and Lydia Comer, who help keep the vision attainable.  Prior to PCS, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed…, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Other Portland credits include several summers with The Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include The Alley Theatre (Houston, TX) and La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA). Remember to take time to smell the roses.
 
Lydia Comer (Production Assistant)
Red is Lydia’s sixth show as a production assistant at PCS. Previously, Lydia was a production assistant for The Santaland Diaries, An Iliad, Opus, The Imaginary Invalid and The Real Americans. Lydia started at PCS as the audience recruiter for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A recent graduate, Lydia received her B.F.A. in Theatre, specializing in production and management, from the University of Victoria. University credits include stage managing La Ronde and Romeo & Juliet. For the last two years of university, she also served as the assistant technical director and master electrician for her program. Lydia would like to thank all the amazing people she gets to work with every day.
 
 
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