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Balls

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Produced by:
One Year Lease Theater Company and Stages Repertory Theatre
Dates:
January 16 - February 25, 2018
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute
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Show Info

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 SallyBalls 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. 

Danny
Bernardy
Donald
Corren
Alex J.
Gould
Dante
Jeanfelix
Zakiya Iman
Markland
Olivia
McGiff
Elisha
Mudly
Cristina
Pitter
Richard
Saudek
Ellen
Tamaki
Photo Caption: Cristina Pitter and Richard Saudek
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Photo Caption: Danny Bernardy, Elisha Mudly, Danté Jeanfelix, and Ellen Tamaki
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Photo Caption: Ellen Tamaki, Donald Corren, and Danté Jeanfelix
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Photo Caption: Donald Corren, Olivia McGiff, Danté Jeanfelix, and Ellen Tamaki
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Photo Caption: Danny Bernardy, Donald Corren, Alex J. Gould, Danté Jeanfelix, Zakiya Iman Markland, Olivia McGiff, Elisha Mudly, Cristina Pitter, Richard Saudek, and Ellen Tamaki
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Photo Caption: Danny Bernardy, Donald Corren, Alex J. Gould, Danté Jeanfelix, Zakiya Iman Markland, Olivia McGiff, Elisha Mudly, Cristina Pitter, Richard Saudek, and Ellen Tamaki
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Producing Company

One Year Lease Theater Company

They are creators of explosive works of theater, out of-the-box, off-the-wall and without constraint. They are in the business of re-imagination. They engineer bright fresh ways to look at the world and at each other. They wield bodies to capture and convey moments that are beyond words They are creators, challengers, collaborators, lovers, fighters and friends. They are an ensemble, a family, an institution and an artistic fulcrum around which art, education, training and inspiration spins. They are One Year Lease.

Read more at: http://www.oneyearlease.org

Stages Repertory Theatre

Stages' acute focus on artist development has created a theatre that leads nationally in the advancement of artists and practitioners, creating a greenhouse for the development of emerging talent and new work. Their resources are dedicated to lifting up artists and supporting a diverse, thriving arts community for Houston, one of the world's greatest cities. By producing a broad scope of plays and musicals in an intimate setting, Stages has created an engaged and diverse patron base whose loyalty is unrivaled. Their commitment to personal relationship building is key to their marketing and fundraising success serving as a model for theatres across the country.

Reviews

"Cleverly devised and executed perfectly" - The New York Times

"Physically remarkable" "gripping work" - Theatre Is Easy

"High octane" - The New Yorker

"A carnival-esque crush of rapid-fire events" - TheaterPizzazz

"Intense physicality and madcap energy" - ZealNYC

"Exciting and ingenious" "a must-see show" - BroadwayWorld

"A win-win-win for the whole ensemble" - CurtainUp

"Phantasmagoric" - Theater's Leiter Side

"Thrilling, inventive, physical, breathless" - PlaysToSee