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ATLANTA, GA– Actor’s Express opens its 34thseason 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 tAo 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. CAST 

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

Kate Hoang Asst. Sound Designer 

Chad Fenimore Properties Designer & Technical Director 

Kristin Storla Fight Choreographer 

D. Connor McVey Master Electrician 

Sheila Oliver Casting Director 

Justin Kalin Casting Associate 

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Actor’s Express, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 

**Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE, the union representing scenic, costume, lighting sound, and projection designers in Live Performance. 


Red Speedo is a reserved seated, low capacity, mask-mandated production. In a collaboration with Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Actor’s Express has implemented a safe protocol for operating during this time. The guidelines set will ensure a healthy working environment for both creatives and theatre staff. 


AIDS Healthcare Foundation 

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Arts Fund 

City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia 

Georgia Council for the Arts 

Holland IT Consulting 

National Endowment for the Arts The Charles Loridans Foundation The Shubert Foundation 

Thompson Hine 


Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Marcie Anthone 

Jan Beaves 

Meredith Bell 

Stephen Brown 

Kevin Dew and Hall Platt Diane Durgin 

Arlene Glaser 

Terry Hildebrand 

Jessica Linden 

Jesse Peel 

Rob Prudent and Craig Pigg Leslie & Tim Renjilian

Rebecca Leary and Scot Safon Sharon & Dave Schachter Pat & John Valleroy 

Clark Weisner 


Mark Williamson 

Counter Narrative Project 

Ameriprise Financial Ampere Wealth Management 

Since its founding in 1988, Actor’s Express has become the preeminent hub for dynamic, provocative and consistently outstanding theatre in Atlanta, presenting work that sparks personal transformations and catalyzes community conversations. We are committed to enacting Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias principles that create a diverse, inclusive, safe and brave space for artists and audiences. Actor’s Express is located on the westside of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. 

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