Red Speedo

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This is a play about men who wear Speedos and swim fast and take drugs so they can swim even faster.

Read Sample

RAY
I know that you're thinking this is wrong, you think I'm breaking the rules,
but I mean if you read the rules, if you sit down and read them,
I read them, and I really think I have a good case

PETER
you don't

RAY
rules say

PETER
I know

RAY
yeah – ? well what are they – ?

PETER

RAY
number one you can't take the drugs because they hurt you, and these drugs don't hurt me

PETER
don't know that they don't

RAY
nah, they don't, I know, I'm fine, I've been fine. Look at me

PETER
and

RAY
the number two rule is because they make it unfair

PETER
right

RAY
but in my case, they make it fair

PETER
no

RAY
we have science evidence for that

PETER
you're kinda

RAY
wrong?

PETER
yes

RAY
No.
Think about it

PETER
I am

RAY
not so different from, what's-it-called with colleges and black people

PETER
what?

RAY
you know

PETER
affirmative action?

RAY
yeah, it's just like

PETER
nothing like affirmative action

RAY
how is what I'm doing not like affirmative action

PETER
what do you think affirmative action is

RAY
when you don't have the same advantages as other people so the government gives you a little extra help

PETER
no, that's

RAY
not what it is – ?

PETER
no

RAY
so what is it – ?

PETER
I don't even know where to begin, it's so

RAY
what is it – ?

PETER

RAY
not answering the question because you can't

PETER
one is about race, the other is about physical limitations, there's no

RAY
exactly the same thing

PETER
it's really not

RAY
isn't being black just physical?

PETER
Ray.

RAY
in Buddhism they say

PETER
Stop.

RAY
Okay.

PETER
I'm not questioning whether or not what you're doing is right.
I don't care about that. Sure, of course I do. Okay, whatever, fairness and –

But really, right now, I'm trying to figure out whether or not you're gonna get caught

Cast Requirements

3 men, 1 woman

Set Description

Unit

Production and Development History

Production: Studio Theatre, DC, Fall 2013.

Reading: Philadelphia Theatre Company, PA, February 2013.