Red Speedo

9/25/13 - 10/13/13


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. 

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Play Name

Red Speedo is underwritten by David and Jean Heilman Grier.


The Artists

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Production Team


Mimi Lien

Mimi Lien is a designer of sets and environments for theater, dance, and opera. Having arrived at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company and The Civilians. Recent work includes Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812; A Public Reading…About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep); The Dance and the Railroad (Signature); Luck of the Irish (Lincoln Center); and Zero Cost House (Pig Iron). Regionally, her work has been presented at Berkeley Rep, A.R.T., Wilma Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, and Portland Center Stage, among others. Ms. Lien has been a MacDowell Colony fellow and a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, a Barrymore Award, four Barrymore Award nominations, Hewes Design Award nomination, Bay Area Critics Circle nomination, and an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence.

(As of September 2013)


Dan Covey

Dan Covey returns to Studio Theatre after previously designing The York Realist. He has designed three Off Broadway shows at New York Theatre Workshop, Folksbiene Theatre, and Roundabout Theatre Company and productions at regional theaters across the country including Delaware Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, and Portland Center Stage, where he received the Drammy Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. In the greater Washington DC area, Mr. Covey has designed lights and projections for musicals and plays at Ford’s Theatre, Forum Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Folger Theatre, Synetic Theater, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Theater J, Rep Stage, Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre MTC, Theater Alliance, Washington Savoyards, ACTCo, and Tribute Productions.

(As of September 2013)  


Meghan Raham

Meghan Raham last worked at Studio Theatre designing costumes for The Aliens. Her recent credits include The Chosen (sets/costumes) at Barrington Stage, Death of a Salesman (sets) and Little Shop of Horrors (sets/costumes) at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Conference of the Birds (sets) at the Folger Theatre, The Wings of Ikarus Jackson (sets/costumes) at The Kennedy Center; CLAY (sets) at Lincoln Center Theater; Venice (sets/costumes, both Ovation Award nominated) at Center Theatre Group; Fedra (sets) at Lookingglass Theatre Company; and Frankenstein (costumes) with The Hypocrites at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  Ms. Raham is a company member at The Building Stage in Chicago, where she production designed The Ring Cycle, NOIR, and Moby-Dick. She co-created and designed S/he is Nancy Joe, which premiered at the Zero Point Festival of Physical Theatre and Dance in Prague. Ms. Raham received her MFA from Northwestern University, and is a Professor of Stage Design at American University.

(As of September 2013)


Christopher Baine

Christopher Baine returns to Studio for Three Sisters / No Sisters after designing Cloud 9 and Water by the Spoonful. He recently composed the music for When She Had Wings (Helen Hayes Award) and The BFG with Imagination Stage (Helen Hayes Award nomination). Some recent designs include The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound and Heir Apparent with Shakespeare Theater Company and Guthrie Theater, Colossal with Olney Theatre Center (Helen Hayes Award), Wonderful World of Dissocia at Theatre Alliance (Helen Hayes Award), Fetch Clay, Make Man at Marin Theater Company, Detroit at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Romeo and Juliet (Helen Hayes Award nomination) and Taming of the Shrew (Helen Hayes Award nomination) at the Folger Theatre. He also designed The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Gruesome Playground Injuries and A Bright New Boise (Helen Hayes Award) with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Gift of Nothing and Jason Invisible at The Kennedy Center Theatre For Young Audiences. Other regional credits include Everyman Theatre, Forum Theatre, dog & pony dc, Adventure Theatre MTC, Children’s Theater Charlotte, Synetic Theater, and Theater Alliance. He has been a guest artist with The University of Maryland, Catholic University, UMBC and American University. Mr. Baine has been the Resident Sound Designer for Imagination Stage since 2009, and was a Kenan Fellow at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2012. 

(As of March 2017)


Robb Hunter

Robb Hunter has directed violence for more than 20 Studio productions including Vietgone, The Effect, Hand to God, Bad Jews, Belleville, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Reasons to be Pretty, Invisible Man, Superior Donuts, American Buffalo, Red Speedo (Helen Hayes nomination for choreography) and The Walworth Farce (Helen Hayes nomination). He also directs movement/violence for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (where he received a Helen Hayes Award for HIR and nomination for An Octoroon), Signature Theatre, and many others. He is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and is a Certified Fight Director for the Society of American Fight Directors. He is on faculty at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting, is the Choreographer in Residence at American University and is a teaching artist for the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.

(As of February 2019)


Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel is the Literary Director at Studio, where she has dramaturged the world premieres of Queen of Basel, The Remains, No SistersI Wanna Fucking Tear You ApartAnimalLaughRed SpeedoDirtLungs, and The History of Kisses as well as productions of Cry It Out,Translations, Curve of Departure, The EffectWig Out!Straight White MenCloud 9Hedda GablerConstellationsJumpers for GoalpostsBad Jews (twice), The Apple Family PlaysInvisible ManSucker PunchThe Golden Dragon, and The New Electric Ballroom, among others. Prior to joining Studio, she spent eight seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she headed the literary department and coordinated project scouting, selection, and development for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She also served as production dramaturg on roughly 50 new, contemporary, and classic plays there, including premieres by Naomi Wallace, Gina Gionfriddo, Kirk Lynn and Rude Mechs, Rinne Groff, The Civilians, Anne Bogart and SITI Company, Jordan Harrison, and John Belluso. She is the co-editor of eight anthologies of plays from Actors Theatre and editor of eight editions of plays through Studio. Adrien-Alice holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. 

(As of April 2019)


T. Scott Wooten

T. Scott Wooten returns to Studio Theatre where he stage managed Red Speedo and assistant stage managed The Apple Family Plays. He was previously the Artistic Associate of American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL for nine seasons and a resident Stage Manager at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. He has worked in various capacities on over 90 productions and received two 2013 Theatre Tampa Bay Award nominations for his direction and sound design of My Name is Asher Lev. His adaptation REEFER MADNESS!!! THE PLAY!!! received the Best Play Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival. He recently directed The Chosen by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok at American Stage Theatre Company.

(As of October 2014)


Jacob Janssen

REGIONAL: The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plimoth Players. LOCAL: Fuga Mundi (upcoming workshop), Center Stage; Supplication, Strangers on a Train, Source Festival; Ladies No Bare Feet, Tia Nina; Camp Rock, Adventure Theatre-MTC Academy.  EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Artistic Fellow, Shakespeare Theatre.

(As of July 2014)


A provocative world premiere…extremely relevant and accurately realized… a tight ensemble cast with a keen, professional, technical sheen.

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