DORSET - The Dorset Theatre Festival opens its 39th season with its production of Red by John Logan, known for his Academy Award-winning screenplays for "Gladiator" and "Any Given Sunday."

Red is a play about renowned artist Mark Rothko at the peak of his career. It captures the dynamic relationship between an artist and his creations. "The play asks audiences an important question: What do you see when you look at a work of art? What is art? Who gets to decide anyway?" explains Dina Janis, DTF's Artistic Director.

The role of Mark Rothko will be played by Emmy Award winning actor and political activist Tim Daly. Daly is a veteran of Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as being known for his work on television and film, including the popular shows "Wings" and "Private Practice," having won his Emmy for his recurring role on The Sopranos.

Tim Daly, at left, with Charles Socarides, will be performing in the Dorset Theatre Festival’s opening show, ’Red.’ Performances start
Tim Daly, at left, with Charles Socarides, will be performing in the Dorset Theatre Festival's opening show, 'Red.' Performances start June 18. (Brian Jones Photo)
Currently, he co-stars with Tea Leoni in the upcoming series "Madame Secretary" written by Homeland's Barbara Hall and produced by Morgan Freeman among others.

The role of his assistant Ken is played by Charles Socarides. He is a renowned stage actor from NY where he has appeared extensively, including in "Sons of the Prophets" and "The Marriage of Bette and Boo," both at The Roundabout Theatre. He will appear soon in three Indie Films: In Lieu of Flowers, Bad Hurt and Nebraska Horizon.

The production will be directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, known to regional audiences for her hit production at DTF of Theresa Rebeck's play "The Scene" last summer. She is the artistic director of the New York theatre Colt Couer.

Performances will begin on June 18 and run through July 6th. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www. dorsettheatrefestival.org or call the Box Office at 802-867-2223.