X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein
Directed by Tony Taccone
Main Season · Thrust Stage
January 16–March 1, 2015
World Premiere

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 Football 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 Football 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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Premium: $49–79 · Section A: $39–67 · Section B: $29–55

Prices vary, depending mostly on performance day and time (weekdays are generally lower), and are subject to change at any time. Your best bet is to buy early. For the consistently lowest prices, plus priority seating, see any three or more subscription plays.

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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

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Introducing X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

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  • Thursday, January 22 · 1pm—Moraga Library
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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.

Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Tickets are $10. Learn more. To reserve your space, call Teen Council at 510 647–2973 or email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org.

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  • Friday, January 30, 2015

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