Red Speedo

The West Coast Premiere of Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo for Center Repertory Company's 50th Season


At Center Rep, 'Red Speedo' is a Terrifying Mask for Our Unethical Age

"Everyone is perfectly what he or she is, and that allows for a freedom of spirit and a rather loose, amoral sense of ethics. Ray’s spiked blond hair, toned body and red speedo scream “Olympic swimmer.” His image is as controlled and defined as any Hollywood casting agent could ever hope for, and yet his soul is something else."

Splashy ‘Speedo’ a poolside triumph
"but Carpenter adds to Ray (who wears only the swimsuit of the title for the whole show) a total ownership of the character’s vacuity....The cost to enter the race, to play the game, makes winning worthless — as cheap as a novelty piece of bright-colored spandex."

Theatre Bay Area Awards Recommended Production for 2018
"In addition to annual recognition, the TBA Awards provides a means for alerting the theatre community and the public to outstanding achievement while a production is still running. Productions achieving or surpassing a set ranking threshold are deemed Recommended Productions by the adjudicators of the TBA Awards program."

Nominated by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle as a 2018 "Go See!" production
"The SFBATCC is a private 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and serving theatres of all types and sizes in the greater region by recognizing excellence and outstanding achievement in the field. Active since 1976, the Circle consists of reviewers covering theatre in all nine Bay Area counties, across various media, who are voted into membership by existing members based on the quality and consistency of their reviews. The Circle hosts an annual awards ceremony each Spring to celebrate superior work in the previous year.
To quote past President Jerry Friedman: The purpose of the Circle was and still is to promote the growth and recognition of theatre in the Bay Area; to promote a continuing fellowship among its members; to advance the professionalism of theatre criticism; to encourage research, discussion and study of the problems and techniques of theatre; to strengthen and maintain the highest standards of service and ethical conduct by all members; to exchange ideas and experiences that may enhance and improve the professional knowledge of the membership; to solicit gifts and grants to further the organization's goals; and to reward excellence in all phases of theatrical production through the Circle's annual awards."

Directed by Markus Potter
Scenic Design by Dipu Gupta
Costume Design by Christina Dinkel
Lighting Design by Kurt Landisman
Sound Design by Cliff Caruthers
Fight Direction by Dave Maier

Performer(s) in photo: Max Carpenter, Gabriel Marin

Photo by: Kevin Berne