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New York Theatre Workshop Extends Lucas Hnath’s RED SPEEDO through April 3

RED SPEEDO cast members Alex Breaux, Zoë Winters, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang

RED SPEEDO cast members Alex Breaux, Zoë Winters, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced an extension for RED SPEEDO, the third production of the New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) 2015/16 Season. RED SPEEDO began previews on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 and officially opened on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003), and will now run through Sunday, April 3, 2016. Tickets for RED SPEEDO are on sale at www.nytw.org.

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 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).

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. In addition, season memberships are now on sale at www.nytw.org or 212-460-5475 and include RED SPEEDO along with the final production of the 2015/16 season, the world premiere of a new folk opera, HADESTOWN, by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812); William Shakespeare’s OTHELLO, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold and featuring Daniel Craig (Betrayal, Spectre) as ‘Iago’ and David Oyelowo (Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Histories, Selma) in the title role; and three productions yet to be announced.

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. Over the last three decades, NYTW has developed and 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, Alex Breaux, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Zoë Winters Celebrate Opening Night of NYTW’s RED SPEEDO by Lucas Hnath 

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, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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