The award-winning Waterfront Playhouse, on Mallory Square, will present Lucas Hnath’s Obie Award-winning “Red Speedo” beginning this week.
Ray (Cody Borah) has swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he will get a deal with Speedo. If he gets a deal with Speedo, he’ll never need a real job. When a stash of performance enhancing drugs is found in the locker room, the fate of the entire team is in Ray’s hands.
The cast features Cody Borah, who seen last season in “Hand to God”; Jessica Miano Kruel, whose Key West credits include “Blackbird,” “Spelling Bee,” “The Producers,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “August: Osage County” and “Private Lives”; Steve Miller, a relatively new addition to the Waterfront Playhouse who appeared in this year’s season opener, “Peter and the Starcatcher”; and Ross Pipkin, whose Waterfront credits include “The Miser,” “Black Comedy,” “1776,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Young Frankenstein.” Mr. Pipkin has also appeared in a number of productions at the Red Barn Theatre, including “Rompers,” “Speed-the- Plow” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and with Theater XP, including “Person of Interest,” “Moment of Grace” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
“Red Speedo” is directed by John McDonald, who has appeared on Key West stages as Inspector Kemp in “Young Frankenstein,” Lord Aster in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Sidney Carlton in “Inspecting Carol” and Col. McKean in “1776 the Musical” at the Waterfront Playhouse. He has also performed in the ever-popular “Alice’s Parlor,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for Theatre XP, Twice Told Tales and “Key Largo” for WLRN Radio and Neal Ruchman’s “The Pickpocket’s Daughter.” This season he directed the Waterfront on the Edge production of “The Jewish Wife.”
Technical Director Michael Boyer will design the set, Kim Hanson will design the lighting and Trish Manley will serve as production stage manager.
The New York Times called the play “… a remarkable feat …. a taut, incisive drama…” while CulturalWeekly.com said the play is “… a brutal examination of the cravenness of the modern sport scene in particular and America in general …”
“Red Speedo” will open at the Waterfront Playhouse on Thursday, May 16. Following the show, an after party will be held in the sculpture garden in front of the theater. The show continues with performances Wednesday through Saturdays at 8 p.m. until closing on June 1. Discounted preview nights are Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15.
The Waterfront Playhouse is at 407 Wall St. For tickets, visit waterfrontplayhouse.org or call 305-294-5015. ¦