The Road Theatre Company presents the fourth and final show of its 2017-2018 season, the Southern California premiere of
Written by LUCAS HNATH Directed by JOE BANNO
At The Road on Magnolia!
THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, present the fourth and final show of its 2017-2018 season, the Southern California premiere of “Red Speedo,” written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Joe Banno. “Red Speedo” will preview on Saturday, May 6 at 8pm; Sunday, May 7; Tuesday, May 8 at 8pm; Wednesday, May 9 at 8pm & Thursday, May 10 and will open on Friday, May 11 at 8pm and run through Sunday, July 1 at the Road Theatre on Magnolia, located in The NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood.
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.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
LUCAS HNATH (Playwright) His plays include Hillary and Clinton, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye, andDeath Tax. His work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gate Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Rep, Traverse Theatre, and Victory Gardens. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He has received the Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and an Obie. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.
JOE BANNO (Director)In a career spanning theatre, opera and film, Joe Banno has directed over 130 productions in the US and Italy, including a long tenure in DC where he was Artistic Director at Source Theatre, a frequent guest director at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre and elsewhere, and won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction. Now living in L.A., Banno has directed West Coast premieres of plays at Mutineer, Sidewalk Studio and Asylum, and is preparing to direct a film from an adapted screenplay he’s written. His indie-feature “Sleeping and Waking” is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime (under actor-name search, “Jeff Allin”). In a longtime second career, Banno has had over 800 music reviews published, and continues to contribute to the Washington Post and several music websites. (www.joebanno.com)
“Red Speedo” will feature Adam Peltier as Ray, Coronado Romero as Peter, Jason E. Kelley as Coach and Kimberly Alexander as Lydia.
The Design Team for “Red Speedo” is as follows: Set Design by Stephen Gifford; Lighting Design by Derrick McDaniel; Sound Design by Chris Moscatiello; Costume Design by Mary Jane Miller. Properties Design by Tally McCormack. “Red Speedo” is produced by Donna Simone Johnson and Maurie Gonzalez.
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