X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story)
By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein
Directed by Tony Taccone
Main Season · Thrust Stage
January 16–March 1, 2015
Memory, myth, and football meet head on in this hard-hitting world premiere commissioned by Berkeley Rep and directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. KJ Sanchez’s previous play ReEntry, featuring a moving portrayal of Marines preparing for and returning from combat, was an explosive off-Broadway hit. Now she brings us a gripping new docudrama about a love that is generous yet dangerous, life-giving yet lethal—and a passion that borders on addiction yet feels so much a part of our DNA. Dramatically based on brutally honest and heartrending interviews with players, their families, and their fans about traumatic brain injuries and their impact on the game, X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story) takes an unflinching look at the lives and loves around this singularly American sport—and the lingering questions it asks of us all.
X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story) was commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.
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“KJ Sanchez is an amazing theatre-maker. Her play will be a theatrical event that will reveal something about the heart of American society.”—Tony Taccone
Introducing X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story)
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Docent talks and discussions
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- Thursday, January 22 · 1pm—Moraga Library
- Sunday, January 25 · 2pm—Berkeley Public Library
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.
- Friday, January 16, 2015
Past Teen Night guests have included: Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director; Ray Garcia and Salvatore Vassallo, dancers in Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup; and Michael Suenkel, Berkeley Rep’s production stage manager.
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- Friday, January 30, 2015
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- Thursday, February 5, 2015
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- Friday, February 20, 2015