On Stage

Red Light Winter

by Adam Rapp
directed by Brian Katz
with Steve Budd, Daveed Diggs*. Brittany K. McGregor
* appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

designed by Marci Ring
stage managment by Laureen Boone
costumes by Maria Graham
sound design by Jocelyn Thompson

January 22 - February 20, 2010
Thurs - Sat 8pm; Sun 7pm

Buy tickets at Buy Tickets Now!(click logo)

"A frank, graphic story of erotic fixation and the havoc it can wreak on sensitive souls (Adam Rapp is) a playwright of obvious promise." -New York Times

"Full of 180-degree turns and sexually charged surprises". -Variety

Winner of a 2006 Obie Award, and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, "Red Light Winter" is a poetic, erotic, and unforgettable piece of theatre. 

Please be advised that Red Light Winter contains nudity, drug use and strong adult themes/ situations.  No children permitted; no one under 18 will be permitted without an adult.

At first glance, it is a simple story: two thirty-something New Yorkers, once college roommates, go to Amsterdam to rekindle their friendship and get away from their lives.  Matt (Daveed Diggs) is a struggling playwright who is recovering from both a terrible break-up and a serious illness.  Davis (Steve Budd) is an up-and-coming publisher who is planning to help Matt overcome his anxieties by taking him on this trip, as well as by buying him a beautiful prostitute, Christina (Brittany McGregor), from the Red Light District.  Soon, though, we learn that neither Davis nor Christina are exactly what they seem.  Neither is Matt and Davis' friendship, which Rapp portrays with all its toxic, competitive, and poisonous elements. Red Light Winter becomes a dangerous love triangle whose consequences will follow Matt and Davis back to New York, and alter their lives forever.

Adam Rapp is emerging as one of the most promising, important voices in the theatre.  He has been embraced since the mid-nineties by Chicago, Boston, and New York critics and audiences, and Berkeley Rep produced his play, Nocturne, in 2001.  Red Light Winter was originally produced by Chicagos legendary Steppenwolf Theater, and transferred successfully Off-Broadway where it was a hit with critics and audiences alike.  Red Light Winter is Mr. Rapps most commercially successful play, and Custom Made is proud to bring this passionate, intelligent, sensual and heartbreaking work to Bay Area audiences.

Production Photos

Click on a thumbnail for a full-sized, high-resolution photo

Daveed Diggs, Brittany K. McGregor
Daveed Diggs, Brittany K. McGregor

Brittany K. McGregor

Steve Budd, Daveed Diggs


Cast and Crew

Adam Rapp (playwright) has been the recipient of the Herbert & Patricia Brodkin scholarship, two Lincoln Center Le Compte De Nuoy Awards, a fellowship to the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, the 1999 Princess Grace Award for Playwrighting, a 2000 Roger L. Stevens Award from The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, a 2000 suite residency with Mabou Mines, the 2001 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, Boston's Elliot Norton Award, and was short-listed for the 2003 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. His plays include Nocturne (A.R.T., Off-Broadway at NYTW), Ghosts in the Cottonwoods (Victory Gardens; The Arcola, London), Animals And Plants (A.R.T.), Blackbird (The Bush, London; Pittsburgh City Theatre; Off-Broadway with Edge Theater), Stone Cold Dead Serious (A.R.T., Off-Broadway with Edge Theater), Finer Noble Gases (26th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, Off-Broadway at Rattlestick), Faster (Off-Broadway at Rattlestick), Trueblinka (Off-Broadway at the Maverick Theater), Dreams of the Salthorse (Encore, S.F.) and Gompers (Pittsburgh City Theatre; The Arcola, London). His first anthology of plays, Plays by Adam Rapp, is published by Broadway Play Publishing. His new collection of plays, Stone Cold Dead Serious: And Other Plays, is available in a trade edition by Faber & Faber.. He is the author of the young adult novels Missing the Piano (Viking/HarperCollins), The Buffalo Tree (Front Street/HarperCollins), The Copper Elephant (Front Street/HarperCollins), Little Chicago (Front Street), 33 Snowfish (Candlewick Press) and Under the Wolf, Under the Dog (Candlewick Press), for which he was recently short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Recent directing credits include his plays Train Story at The Cherry Lane and the Off-Broadway premiere of Blackbird, which was nominated for two Drama Desk awards. Upcoming projects include the graphic novel Decelerate Blue for the new imprint First Second, the adult novel The Year of Endless Sorrows,, and his new play, Essential Self-Defense. . His first feature film, Winter Passing, starring Ed Harris, Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel, was a critical success. A graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, Rapp also completed a two-year playwriting fellowship at Juilliard. He currently lives in New York City where he is the resident playwright for Edge Theater Company.

Daveed Diggs (Matt) is an actor, educator, composer, rap and spoken word artist who graduatedwith a degree in Theater Arts from Brown University in 2004.  He has many California andregional credits including most recently Theatreworks’ Production of A Civil War Christmas (Fredrick Wormly, Silver, etc), SF Shakes’ A Comedy of Errors (Duke), The Tempest(Caliban/Ferdinand), Pacific Rep Theater's Troilus and Cressida (Troilus),The SF Playhouse’s Six Degrees of Separation (Paul) and Jesus Hopped the A Train (Angel), and The Magic Theater’s Moving Right Along (Freddie) written and directed by Elaine May and Jeannie Berlin.  Daveed Diggs is currently producing work with National Hip Hop Collective The Getback. He’s featured on their most recent release Rafael “A.D.” Casal’s Monster and has a solo album set for release later this year.  Diggs also teaches Rap and Spoken word classes at James Lick Middle School and gives workshops throughout the Bay Area, New York City, and New Jersey.  He has been a teacher in residence with the Arts Literacy Program in Providence, Rhode Island and a teaching artist for the national youth spoken word organization Youth Speaks.  As a writer, Diggs has written several plays in verse including: Sweeter Than, a play based on the writings of Harlem Renaissance poet Jean Toomer, which was produced by Rites an Reasons theater in Rhode Island; and Big Shoes, a solo performance piece.  In the New York Area you can see Diggs perform as a new member of the improvisational theater/rap event Freestyle Love Supreme.  Catch him in San Francisco with the similarly designed improvisational music/super-hero squadron The Freeze.

Steve Budd (Davis) moved from Boston to the Bay Area five years ago, and has been busy doing theate improv (Lila Theater), solo performance (Tell It On Tuesday, SF Solo Fest, SF Theater Fest), standup (Spud’s, HaHa Café & Comedy Club, Smiles), film, and commercial work (Target, Sun Microsystems, Adobe, etc.). Recent roles include Harty in Scrooge (Town Hall Theatre), Antonio in 12th Night (Marin Shakespeare Company), Dasher in The 8: Reindeer Monologues (Exit), Tim Timko in Reckless (SF Playhouse),Victor in Dream of a Common Language (Virago), the Dad in Based on a Totally True Story (New Conservatory), Joey Bishop in The Tribute (Post Street) and numerous roles in Impact Briefs 8: Sinfully  Delicious (Impact). Steve has acted in many independent  films and Web series (Exit Stage Left, Time Addict, Indivisible, Slightly Super, Once Beautiful Past,  Violent Jake, the upcoming Reality TV Movie, etc.). In his spare time, he plays an English teacher at Los Medanos College and an acting teacher for kids.

Brittany McGregor (Christina) is a recent graduate of Theatre Arts and Humanities at SF State. She has been performing as far back as memory allows and can't think of anything that she would rather be doing. A Francophile and intellectual adventurer, her goal is to make a mark on the indie theatre, cabaret and film world. Recently closing the creepy comedy The Afterlife of the Mind where she played the many incarnations of the female unconsciousness of a prominent philosopher, she is proud to play an "in the flesh" human being.

Brian Katz (Director) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Custom Made Theatre Company. For Custom Made he has directed Down the Road, Slavs!, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Orchards (co-directed), Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin, Vinegar Tom, Black Snow, Animal Farm, Bobby Gould in Hell, Saint Joan of the Stockyards, Bye-bye, bin Laden!, Temptation, Finding the Sun, The Heidi Chronicles, Candaules Commissioner, The Water Engine, Assassins, A New Brain, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Bay Area Premiere) and Putting it Together, . Other directorial highlights include Speed-the-Plow, Love's Fire, Women and Wallace, The Temple of Dionysus and The Bear. Brian has a B.A. in theatre literature and criticism from Clark University and interned in dramaturgy at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. In the Bay Area he has worked with Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, Killing My Lobster, SF Playwright’s Center and other cool places. His production of Bye-bye, bin Laden! was named a top premiere of 2004 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian (and is now an award-winning animated film), and his Assassins was awarded a top 10 Best Musical of 2007 by Talkin' Broadway and SFBG.

More cast and Crew coming soon!


coming soon