So I wrote a play about football.
And it’s premiering this week. Tomorrow, actually! Yikes.
I haven’t been as actively involved with this play as I have with other past theater projects; for one thing, over the last few months I’ve been working 12 hour days at my job and travelling to four different cities with names starting with A and performing/producing live comedy shows and keeping my cat alive. (At some point, I should probably do my taxes.) But it’s been a thrill, to be honest, to pop into these late-stage rehearsals and be blown away by the incredible work director Kristina Lloyd and the cast have done with the material.
A few people have been a bit surprised by the subject matter – I’m not outwardly a giant sports fan, after all, and my last play was about romance novels and “Star Trek.” But I love hooking into a good game occasionally. And being a fan of fandom, in general, means knowing too well what it’s like to love a thing the way you might love a person.
I started writing “Clutch” in 2013, after reading for several years prior about the impact of concussion injury on former football players. Actually, not even football players: The first time I really read something about concussion injury, it was in an article about professional wrestler Chris Benoit – people trying to make sense of senseless deaths.
It’s a play about making sense out of the senseless. About a funeral, and love, and fandom, and passion, and family. There are jokes, and some truly impressive site-specific staging, and from what I’ve seen so far great performances. I’m really excited for people to see it, and discover what’s possible with an unconventional space and unconventional approach.
“Clutch” premieres Monday, March 30, and runs Monday and Tuesdays at 8pm through May 5, 2015. $15 tickets be purchased at www.SkyPilotTheatre.com (or call (800) 838-3006) – use the discount code “river rock” for $5 off.
Location: The Oak Room at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Event Center (next to River Rock Lounge). 12833 Ventura Blvd. (at Coldwater Canyon), Studio City.
Would love to see you there.