Commonsensical Choices in John Logan's Red


  • Florentina Anghel



contemporary drama, Mark Rothko, abstract expressionism, choice, common sense


John Logan, a contemporary American playwright, centred his play on Mark Rothko, one of the greatest American abstract expressionist painters. The two-character play highlights the generation gap and centres on the moment when Rothko, who had been commissioned to create 35 murals for the walls of the Four Seasons restaurant, chooses to turn down the offer. The presentation unfolds into two directions: the identification of the ingredients Logan uses in the play to build a character with a convincing dilemma and the analysis of whether the choice Rothko makes is a commonsensical one or not.


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How to Cite

Anghel, F. (2021). Commonsensical Choices in John Logan’s Red. Philologia, 18(1), 31–40.



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