Performance Calendar
JAN 16, 2018 - FEB 25, 2018
One Year Lease Theater Company and Stages Repertory Theatre presents

BALLS

By Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery
Directed by Ianthe Demos and Nick Flint

Movement Direction by Natalie Lomonte
With Danny Bernardy, Donald Corren, Alex J. Gould, Danté Jeanfelix, Zakiya Iman Markland, Olivia McGiff, Elisha Mudly, Cristina Pitter, Richard Saudek, and Ellen Tamaki
It's 1973, and Houston's Astrodome is playing host to one of the biggest cultural events of all time as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face-off in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match.

From the creative team behind Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, Balls is a high-intensity theatrical retelling of this unforgettable match and the cultural debates it ignited around sexism, women-in-sport, and equality. One Year Lease's signature high-energy physical style embraces the carnival atmosphere of the original event, and features a shot-by-shot re-imagining of the entire match.

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"THE WHOLE MATCH IS MIMED TO PULSE-RACING AND STOMACH-TIGHTENING EFFECT"
- Houston Press

"BALLS APPROACHES KING'S FASCINATING BIOGRAPHY WITH GLEE AND PERSPECTIVE"
- Houston Press

"BALLS SERVES A FRENETIC ASSESSMENT OF GENDER EQUALITY...A CAPTIVATING VISCERAL SPECTACLE FROM END TO END...THE PHYSICALITY OF THE PERFORMANCE IS STAGGERING"
- Houstonian Magazine

"A DON'T-MISS WORLD PREMIERE SHOW"
- CultureMap Houston

"BALLS IS AN INNOVATIVE PLAY WITH THE MOST IMPRESSIVE LEVEL OF TECHNICAL PRECISION. IT'S RIFE WITH HUMOR, POKING FUN AT THE VERY CONCEPT OF THE BATTLES OF THE SEXES. YET IT GETS REFLECTIVE IN WAYS I NEVER EXPECTED, OFFERING STARK CRITICISM AND AUTHENTIC HEARTBREAK THAT BLURS THE LINES BETWEEN THE GENDER WARS. IT'S POIGNANT, PHYSICAL, AND DARE I SAY-BALLSY."
- Birth.Movies.Death

Produced by Richard JL. Danford, Cynthia and Ben Guill, and Jane and Dick Schmitt

Education Sponsor: Victoria and Alex Lazar

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