Friday, December 4, 2015


X’s and O’s scores big with critics and audiences, both for football fans and theater lovers alike!

See what our audience members are saying:

  • One of the best things I've seen at Center Stage.”—Virginia B. (email)
  • A great production.” —Bernard D. (Facebook)
  • “This was an amazing production. I attended reluctantly, since I have no interest in watching a football game, and know very little about it... but this was not a football game. It was a necessary, important educational piece, magnificently done.” —Bernice S. (email)

X’s and O’s
By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein
Directed by Tony Taccone

WHEN: Nov 13–Dec 20
Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore

“Like the game itself: some of the hits are so hard, they’ll make you uncomfortable, but you won’t want to stop watching.”—San Jose Mercury News (UK)

Baltimore. Loves. Football. And as the season kicks into high gear, Center Stage brings you a deeply moving, ripped-from-the-headlines play about our love for the game. Based on interviews with players, their families, and their fans, X’s and O’s delves deep into the questions that are being asked around dinner tables across the country: what are the dangers of the game? Should our children play? How do we balance our love for the sport with its potential risks? Co-commissioned by Center Stage and Berkeley Repertory Theater, and developed in part through Center Stage’s Play Lab series, X’s and O’s is a celebration of football that fearlessly tackles the sometimes tragic results of our passion for the sport.

Come in purple spirit wear to any Friday performance of X’s and O’s and get a free purple stadium cup with any purchase from the 4th-floor Chapel Bar (while supplies last).

The approximate runtime is 1 hour and 23 minutes. There will be no intermission.