Speakeysie News Desk

ATLANTA, GA –Actor’s Express opens its 34th season with the Atlanta premiere of Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath. Hnath is best known for his acclaimed plays The Christians and A Doll’s House, Part 2, both recently produced by Actor’s Express to critical and audience acclaim in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Red Speedo is part thriller, part comedy, and part indictment of a scorched-earth modern America in which winning is valued at all costs – even if it means losing.

According to Artistic Director Freddie Ashley, “Red Speedo is a rapid-fire, plot twist-filled thrill ride of a play. Like Lucas Hnath’s other work, it is relentlessly entertaining while also being dexterously written and meticulously observed. As an allegory for the current soul of American culture, it is one of Hnath’s most fascinating plays.”

The four-person cast includes Atlanta actors Marlon Burnley, Brian Ashton Smith, Alexandra Ficken and Rob Cleveland. Red Speedo begins previews August 11 and opens August 14. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased online at or by calling 404-607-7469.

Red Speedo
by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Freddie Ashley
August 11 – September 5, 2021

On the eve of Olympic qualifying trials, a champion swimmer’s future rests in the balance. If he makes
the team he will sign a lucrative endorsement deal worth millions. But when performance-enhancing
drugs are found in his team’s locker room fridge, he must tread water past the rumors to avoid losing it
all. With rapid-fire dialogue that builds to an electrifying, twist-filled climax, Red Speedo will leave you
breathless. From the acclaimed author of A Doll’s House Part 2 and The Christians.

Previews: Wednesday-Friday, August 11 – 13, 2021 at 8 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, August 14 at 8 PM
Regular Performances: August 14 – September 5, 2021
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM
Sunday at 2 PM

Purchase tickets online at or by calling 404-607-7469.
Group pricing is available. For info, email

Student tickets are always $20.
Regular ticket prices range from $20 – $50.
Ticket prices are subject to availability. Order early for best pricing.

Ray Marlon — Burnley*
Peter Brian — Ashton Smith
Lydia — Alexandra Ficken*
Coach — Rob Cleveland*

Freddie Ashley — Director
Emma McVey* — Stage Manager
Seamus M. Bourne** — Scenic Designer & Production Manager
Toni Sterling — Lighting Designer
L. Nyrobi Moss — Costume Designer
Michaela Fraser — Sound Designer

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