Fishman sees (and talks about) ‘Red’

Feb 14, 2014
Photo by: David Lyman David Troup, above, plays Mark Rothko and Max Waszak plays his assistant Ken in Everyman Rep’s “Red.”

Rockport — The Everyman Rep will present a short talk on Mark Rothko's painting by Alan Fishman prior to its Saturday, Feb. 22, performance of John Logan’s play “Red.” The play about Rothko runs Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through March 2 at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave.

Fishman, a distinguished painter in his own right, lives in Belfast and teaches at the city’s Waterfall Arts center. He is a Professor Emeritus of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where he was a full professor from 1967 to 1996. Born and raised in New York City, Fishman has been an artist for more than 40 years. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Cornell University, with further study and years of residence in Italy. His works are continually exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and can be found in many collections around the world.

"You know, the play isn't an Agatha Christie whodunnit, but it follows very closely Rothko's life during the period depicted,” Fishman said about his talk “I wanted to make sure I didn't give the game away when talking about his commission for the Four Seasons Restaurant, so I had to choose my words carefully."

The talk is presented with the help of the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council. After the next day’s performance, Sunday, Feb. 23, there will be a Q&A session, giving audiences a chance to describe the effect the play had on them to the actors, directors, designers and crew who produced it, as well as ask questions about the process.

Tickets for “Red” are available at or by calling 236-0173, as well as at Owl and Turtle and HAV II in Camden; The Reading Corner, Rockland: and Bella Books, Belfast. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; CMCA members receive $5 off the adult ticket prices. Student tickets are $10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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