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Peter Jay Fernandez, Alex Breaux, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Zoë Winters Set for NYTW’s RED SPEEDO by Lucas Hnath, Feb. 17 – Mar. 27

RED SPEEDO playwright Lucas Hnath and director Lileana Blain-Cruz. Photo courtesy of NYTW

RED SPEEDO playwright Lucas Hnath and director Lileana Blain-Cruz. Photo courtesy of NYTW

Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang

Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is presenting RED SPEEDO, written by Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and directed by NYTW Usual Suspect Lileana Blain-Cruz (Hollow Gates). RED SPEEDO begins previews on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, and officially opens Thursday, March 3, 2016 for a limited run through Sunday, March 27, 2016. Single tickets to RED SPEEDO are now on sale.The cast of RED SPEEDO features Alex Breaux (The Real Thing), Peter Jay Fernandez (All the Way), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Golden Boy), and Zoë Winters (Love and Information).

Hailed as “one of the brightest new voices of his generation” by The New York Times, Lucas Hnath (The Christians, …Walt Disney) makes his NYTW debut with RED SPEEDO, a muscular new play directed by NYTW Usual Suspect Lileana Blain-Cruz. Set on the eve of the Olympics swim trials, pressure builds as front-runner Ray confronts the lure of endorsements, the perils of mixing the personal and professional, and the unforgiving weight of success. Through Hnath’s signature dark wit and exacting language, RED SPEEDO is a captivating exploration of America’s obsession with winning at all costs.

The production features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez; costume design by Montana Blanco; lighting design by Yi Zhao; sound design by Matt Tierney; and fight direction by Thomas Schall.

Single tickets for RED SPEEDO are $65, with $35 tickets available for performances from February 19 to February 21 and $45 tickets available for performances from February 23 to March 6. In addition, membership packages are on sale now at or 212-460-5475.

In order to provide access to those in their surrounding community and those with income limitations, NYTW launched CHEAPTIX, an affordable ticket program. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, tickets will be sold to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a $25 day-of ticket rush will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

The performance schedule for RED SPEEDO is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm; and Sunday at 7pm. Exceptions: There will be no performance on Friday March 4, with a performance added Monday, February 29 at 7pm. There will be no performance on Sunday March 13 at 7pm.

New York Theatre Workshop, now in its fourth decade of incubating important new works of theatre, continues to honor its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape all our lives. Each season, from its home in New York’s East Village, NYTW presents four new productions, over 80 readings and numerous workshop productions for over 45,000 audience members. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs, including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies and artist fellowships. Since its founding, NYTW has produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright’s Quills; Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus; Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Enda Walsh’s Once; and seven acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

Peter Jay Fernandez is a two time Audelco winner. He has appeared on Broadway in All The WayCyrano de BergeracHenry IVJelly’s Last JamJulius CaesarThe Merchant of Venice. His other Off Broadway credits include: Father comes Home from the War Pt. 1, 2 and 3The Merchant of VeniceHenry VIIIAs You Like ItMacbeth, and The Winter’s Tale at The Public; RICHARD III: Born with Teeth and Widowers Houses (Epic Theatre); in Luz at La Mama; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at New Haarlem Arts; CQ/CX at Atlantic Theater Co.; The Pain and the ItchZooman and the SignToo Much MemoryThe God CommitteeOnce Around the CityThunder Knocking on the DoorPhaedra in Delirium; Spell# 7; Coriolanus; Split Second; Checkmates and more. His film and television credits include “Shades of Blue” (recurring), “Royal Pains,” “Gotham,” “Elementary,” “House of Cards,” “Fringe,” “Damages,” “Deception (TV),” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Body of Proof,” “Law and Order(s),” “Mama I Want to Sing,” The Adjustment BureauDeception (Film), Preaching to the ChoirFunny Valentines and more. Awards: Helen Hayes (Nom.) BTTA (Nom), Audie Award (narration).

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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