Press kit: X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

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12/02/14: World Premiere of X’s and O’s

Berkeley Rep Presents the World Premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

American identity and love of the game meet head-on in this compelling docudrama

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal. Our singularly American sport is intricately woven into our culture and rituals, yet its traumatic effect on players and their families has us reexamining its place in our country’s story. Playwright and football superfan KJ Sanchez, and collaborator Jenny Mercein, brings us a captivating story based on interviews with players, their families, and their fans. Directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone, X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story) is as visceral, emotional, and as highly theatrical as the game itself. Originally co-commissioned by Berkeley Rep and Center Stage in Baltimore, the play was developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep’s intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, January 16, 2015, opens Friday, January 23, 2015, and runs through Sunday, March 1, 2015. Press night for X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story) will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015.

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(l to r) Marilee Talkington, Anthony Holiday, Eddie Ray Jackson, Dwight Hicks, Bill Geisslinger, and Jenny Mercein make up the ensemble cast in the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama at Berkeley Rep that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

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(l to r) Two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks (George Coleman), Eddie Ray Jackson (Anthony), and Marilee Talkington (Team Physician) perform in the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama at Berkeley Rep that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep, Eddie Ray Jackson (Eric) and Jenny Mercein (Kelli) portray die-hard football fans in the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

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(l to r) Anthony Holiday (Addicott) and Eddie Ray Jackson (Anthony) perform in the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama at Berkeley Rep that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

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(l to r) Eddie Ray Jackson (Anthony) and Bill Geisslinger (Frank), perform in the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama at Berkeley Rep that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

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Two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks (George Coleman) performs in the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama at Berkeley Rep that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

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At Berkeley Rep, former professional football player and two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks is part of the ensemble cast for the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

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At Berkeley Rep, former professional football player and two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks is part of the ensemble cast for the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

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At Berkeley Rep, playwright KJ Sanchez premieres X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a gripping new play commissioned and developed by The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

Photo by Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris

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At Berkeley Rep, former professional football player and two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks is part of the ensemble cast for the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

X’s and O’s press photo

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At Berkeley Rep, former professional football player and two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks is part of the ensemble cast for the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal.

Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

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Writer Jenny Mercein collaborates with playwright KJ Sanchez for the premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a gripping new play commissioned and developed by The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

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Who

Written by KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein
Directed by Tony Taccone

Creative team

Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer), Meg Neville (costume designer), Alexander V. Nichols (lighting and projection designer), and Jake Rodriguez (sound designer)

What

Are you ready for some football? American identity and our love of the game meet head-on in this world premiere commissioned by Berkeley Rep and directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

January 16–March 1, 2015

X’s and O’s calendar

Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 1/16, Saturday 1/17, Tuesday 1/20, and Thursday 1/22 @ 8pm
Sunday 1/18 and Wednesday 1/21 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Friday 1/23 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner for donors sponsored by Autumn Press, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery, and Hugh Groman Catering

Teen Night

Friday 1/16 @ 6:30pm

Free docent events

Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees

Post-play discussions

Thursday 2/5, Tuesday 2/10, and Friday 2/20 following the performance

Last Call

Friday 1/30 following the performance

Open captioned performance

Sunday 3/1 @ 2pm

How much

Premium: $49–79 · Section A: $39–67 · Section B: $29–55 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, contact 510 647–2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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