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.
Studio Lab presents stripped-down productions of world premiere plays, giving playwrights in residence the ability to work in an environment of collaboration and discovery.
A provocative world premiere…extremely relevant and accurately realized… a tight ensemble cast with a keen, professional, technical sheen.
Lucas Hnath will be in DC during the month of September, fine-tuning the script for Red Speedo before its premiere as a part of Studio Lab. He spoke with Literary Director Adrien-Alice Hansel about the research that led to the play, his love of putting nearly unstagable moments into the hands of great actors, and what he admires in a collaborator.Read More
OBIE Award-winning Set Designer Mimi Lien joins Studio Theatre for the first time with the Studio Lab production of Red Speedo.Read More
Red Speedo is an experiment in compression. The plot of Lucas Hnath’s play develops over some twenty-four hours, as one swimmer’s Olympic hopes—and the fates of his brother and coach who have pinned their own futures on his Olympic success—unfold. A place on the team means more than a minute-long race on the world stage, of course: it’s a shot at recognition, for money, for a different future for all three men. It means something different for the woman who enters the play a bit later, but the stakes are immediate and unstable for her as well.Read More