VIDEO: Lucas Hnath's RED SPEEDO Features An On-Stage Swimming Pool

Young playwrights starting out are often advised to try and keep things simple and not make complicated or expensive features an intrinsic part of their work. A good play with a small cast and an easy to design unit set will stand a better chance of getting produced than a good play with a large cast and multiple locations needed.

Hence, young playwrights starting out should probably not follow in the footsteps of Lucas Hnath just yet. Earlier this season, Hnath's THE CHRISTIANS at Playwrights Horizons required a full on-stage gospel choir.

Tonight, when his newest RED SPEEDO opens at the New York Theatre Workshop, audiences will see a full swimming pool, four feet deep, running the length of the stage.

The creation of designer Riccardo Hernandez is meant to provide realism to the playwright's story of an Olympic swimmer. Actor Alex Breaux dons the title attire for the entire play and the audience will see him swimming through Plexiglas walls.

Click the photo below for look at the impressive setting via a NY1 video.

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) presents RED SPEEDO, written by Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and directed by NYTW Usual Suspect Lileana Blain-Cruz (Hollow Gates). RED SPEEDO officially opens tonight, March 3, 2016, for a limited run through Sunday, March 27, 2016.

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).

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 NYTW.org or 212-460-5475.

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.

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