August, 2016. The NFL is being shaken by Colin Kaepernick’s monumental decision. Whilst other players join him in taking the knee, star running back Luis Moreno is all about his game – and his pay check. A record-breaking season is in sight – but America’s leadership is changing. When a destructive new reality hits close to home, Luis is forced to ask whether politics have a place on the field, and if he is willing to risk his career to take a stand for his own community. But does, and should, this movement hold a place for them?
Pravin Wilkins stunning debut play was the winner of the 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. It was chosen out of 1,719 scripts send in from 45 countries by a group of independent readers, the 503 team and a panel comprising Erica Whyman (Chair of Theatre503 and deputy artistic director, RSC), producer Caro Newling, actor/director Daniel Evans, arts journalist and reviewer Sam Marlowe, playwrights Roy Williams and Vinay Patel, and Theatre503 artistic director Lisa Spirling.
CONTENT INFORMATION: The play explores topics of race, power and violence. There is inflammatory language and references to hate crime, grief, drugs and derogatory slurs.
The running time is approximately 2 hours, with a 15 minute interval.
Please note this production involves the use of flashing lights and smoking.
if you purchase a ticket, you will receive the link to watch this recording by the morning of Tuesday 29th March. Please do not contact the box office regarding the link until then. The link will be available to watch from 7:30pm on 29th March and for 1 month following this.
Pravin Wilkins is a playwright, poet, and fiction writer from San Diego, California, whose works typically deal with race and class struggle - and the many intersections between. He began writing plays during his undergraduate education at UC San Diego, where he was presented the faculty-nominated Eric Bowling Award for his site-specific protest piece #takebackgraffitihall. A couple years later, while pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, his play Moreno was selected as a finalist for the 2020 National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center-- subsequently, Moreno was featured in Kane Repertory Theater's New Play Lab reading series. After earning his MFA, Pravin was chosen as a Fall 2020 Writer-in-Residence at City Books in Pittsburgh, where he is continuing his work as a writer, educator, and activist. His plays and poems have since been featured and digitally produced by The Dramatic Question Theater (The Hamlet Monologues, 2021) and Four Walls Theater (Bars, 2020; Reclamation, 2021).
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