Would you do anything to win an Olympic medal? What is the line in the high stakes world of modern sports? This is the dilemma posed in Red Speedo, a razor-sharp play about whether doping is acceptable in the pursuit of that elusive medal – and more importantly, when commercial endorsements are at stake.
This Off-Broadway hit by Lucas Hnath is about Ray – a young swimming phenom who has swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll get a deal with Speedo, which means 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.
This edge-of-your-seat play is about survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field—or of leveling the field yourself. The New York Times called the play “a taut, incisive drama…the characters are palpably, at times movingly, human in their complexity and weakness. A bitter indictment of our winning-at-all-costs culture.” The production will also feature an onstage working pool, which will add interest and appeal.
Directed by John McDonald Set Designer by Michael Boyer