x's and o's

(a football love story)

By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein, directed by Artistic Director Tony Taccone and currently running at Berkeley Rep until March 1, 2015.

Watch our commercial:

X's and O's (A Football Love Story) at Berkeley Rep (15 seconds) from Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Vimeo.


Read our feature in the NY Times HERE

And read more about us and our colleagues exploring football in American Theatre Magazine HERE



American Records is developing a new play written and performed by AR Company Member Ben Rosenblatt, about the lives of those who live with OCD. 

Ben Rosenblatt as Tommy in ReEntry


Cincinnati King

A “theatrical album” of stories about the history of Cincinnati music, racial equality, the development of the city and the history of King Records. From the multitude of immigrant music, to the racially integrated workings of King Records and the unique business sense and dealings of Syd Nathan, to the way the city has grown, developed and changed, to issues of racial equality and how (or if) it has changed in the last thirty years… we are asking Cincinnatians far and wide to share their personal stories with us. These stories will eventually inspire a theatrical reading of a play compiled by KJ Sanchez titled “Cincinnati King.”

American Records Theater Company and Cincinnati Playhouse join forces for this unique project. Our mission is to collect stories and share them with others in order to preserve a unique part of Cincinnati’s history, to foster understanding and ignite dialogue.

Cincinnati King will be presented in Cincinnati this Spring, more details coming soon.


Duck Soup 

Duck Soup: A Play on Equity was commissioned for the yearly national conference of Grantmakers in the Arts. Written by Tommer Peterson with KJ Sanchez, the play is an exploration of equity in the arts, based on interviews with funders, artists, public officials, activists, and people from all walks of life. The plenary session presentation of Duck Soup was followed by facilitated breakout discussions. 

Brigette Kali in Duck Soup, all rights reserved Grantmakers in the Arts


highway 47 

photo by Ania Sodziak

“KJ Sanchez’s “Highway 47” (directed by Lisa Portes) is a riveting account, deeply rooted in New Mexico history, of a daughter trying to come to terms with her father (and herself). She does so by chronicling the tale of his lifelong obsession with a piece of land settled three centuries before him, and of the endless decades of litigation and vitriol he set in motion in the name of justice. What she discovers, and renders with brutal honesty, is the complex nature of her father’s quest, as well as the relentlessness of spirit she shares with the man. A tour de force performer and powerful writer, Sanchez (who, along the way does a fiery Mexican folk dance) should make a movie about her father’s life.”

                                                                        --- Chicago Sun-Times



A middle school rock musical, about, and designed to be performed by, middle-schoolers. Life in the Middle was commissioned by Asolo Repertory Theatre and is compiled from interviews with middle school students in Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida, with additional interviews conducted in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The Asolo Conservatory Actors contributing interviews: Ghafir Akbar, Kirstin Franklin, Sarah Gavitt, Hannah Goalstone, Alexandra Guyker, Peter Mendez, Nissa Perrott, Kevin Stanfa, Bethany Weise

Life in the Middle was first performed with an all-middle-school cast at Two River Theater Company in June of 2010.  The original middle school cast and band included: 

Adam Canterbury, Melody Chibnik, Gianna DeWitt, Laura Diorio, Owen Doherty, Sophie Halpern, Adrian Hernandez, Suzie Hicks, Jordan Holaday, Michael Hopkins, Matthew Hughes, Sophia Jackman, Spencer Mullen, Jenna Najjar, Jon Erik Nielsen, Sandra Paz, Nick Piescor, Jake Tavill, Jack Volker, Isabel Wallace, Kyle Ward, Fiona Zasowski.

Music Director PK Pickens, Assistant Music Director Carol Boehm, Assistant Directors: Kate Cordaro and Anne Marie Nest.  Both productions were directed by KJ Sanchez

Life in the Middle is available to be liscenced by middle schools: cast 8 to 17 students, use your own band, or the recorder music provided by American Records.  We also provide directors/teaching artists as needed.



DEATH... for a living.

A musical comedy about people who work with death… for a living.

American Records previewed this work at Juniata College in Pennsylvania April 14-April 17th.

Listen to two songs from our rehearsal: Need You To Be and Most Unfortunate, both written by AR's Phil Pickens.

NeedYouToBe-3-23-2011 by pkpickens

MostUnfortunate-3-23-2011 by pkpickens