Archived: Red Speedo

A Parable for a Modern Age

“When you go for what you want, when you think about yourself, when you do what’s best for you, everyone benefits.”

Pool side at an indoor pool. Somewhere in America. Ray is a lean, mean swimming machine who has beaten both Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. A month before the Olympics, he seems certain to win and destined for superstardom. But when performance-enhancing drugs are discovered in the team locker room, he is implicated in a scandal that could destroy his dreams and tear his family apart. With so much at stake, how far will he go to get what he wants?

Hailed as one of the brightest new voices of his generation, Lucas Hnath dissects the American Dream with a precision and passion not seen since David Mamet. Here, the desperate race for success is won by fractions of a second, and the clock is counting. Through an ever-spiralling series of reversals, betrayals, compromises and threats, tensions escalate to an explosive climax and blood-red confrontation with the truth.

Thrilling, dark and dangerous, Red Speedo transforms one man’s near-naked ambition into a parable for a modern age obsessed with sex, sport and celebrity, where virtue has no value and the only crime is getting caught.

Starring Chelsie Preston-Crayford (Underbelly, Angels in America, The Inland Road) and directed by Benjamin Henson (Titus, The Effect, The Importance of Being Earnest), experience the cutting edge of contemporary theatre. Dive in! Hold your breath!

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Contact details

Address:
ASB Waterfront Theatre
138 Halsey Street
Auckland
Date:
31 October - 15 November
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