Now Playing: Red Speedo
The Road Theatre Company Presents
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Joe Banno
Ray’s swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll get a deal with Speedo. If he gets a deal with Speedo, he’ll never need a real job. So when someone’s stash of performance-enhancing drugs is found in the locker room fridge, threatening the entire team’s Olympic fate, Ray has to crush the rumors or risk losing everything. A sharp and stylish play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field—or of leveling the field yourself.
Ray – Adam Peltier
Peter – Coronado Romero
Coach – Jason E. Kelley
Lydia – Kimberly Alexander
Assistant Director: Susie Lever
Scenic Design: Stephen Gifford
Lighting Design: Derrick McDaniel
Sound Design: Chris Moscatiello
Costume Design: Mary Jane Miller
Fight Choreographer: Bjorn Johnson
Property Master: Tally McCormack
Stage Manager: Maurie Gonzalez
Ray- Stephen Tyler Howell
Peter- Brian Majestic
Coach- Albie Selznick
Lydia- Lizzy Kimball
Shows run Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Alternate Cast runs every Thursday night at 8pm
May 31st thru June 28th
RED SPEEDO Cast Interviews
Director Joe Banno
How did you first get involved with Red Speedo?
When Sam (Anderson) sent me the “Speedo” script, the thing that immediately appealed to me was Lucas Hnath’s writing style, with its fragmented, dovetailing dialogue, full of carefully noted hesitations and dramatic silences shared between characters. I’ve directed (and, as an artistic director, produced) a lot of David Mamet’s plays, and that brand of vividly lifelike, desperately competitive conversation he created can be felt as an influence in Hnath’s style. But regardless of that legacy, Hnath very much possesses a voice of his own, and these characters he’s created feel fresh and contemporary in very specific – and, yes, topical – ways.
What do you feel was your greatest challenge in directing it?
The biggest challenge in directing the piece was the matter of balance – maintaining equilibrium between all the wonderful polarities in the writing that continually spark off each other: Wry comedy vs. tense drama, realistic speech vs. an almost musically notated text, high-speed banter vs. ruminative space, a sober reflection on today’s America vs. the trappings of outright satire.
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