Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE have co-comissioned a new work from American Records: The American Football Project (working title).
Football is a beautiful game. In so many ways, it represents the American dream. It serves as a bond for teammates, families, and entire communities. It can give a player much. It can also take much away. Every day we are learning more about how injuries - especially to the head - are affecting players and in turn the game itself. Will football look the same in twenty years? Media outlets are covering this subject rather thoroughly, but here’s what we haven’t heard enough of: how are these issues effecting the players, their families and all those who work in support roles on the most personal level? Where do they see the game going? What do they want for the sport they love? And how do they manage the inherent risks?
We are seeking individuals willing to be interviewed. Interviews are audio recorded, never video-taped. They are then transcribed, and the transcriptions serve as the resource for our play. Original recordings are never publicly released. We are looking for players, current or former, professional or not, of any age – whether retired and looking back on their life in professional football or a kid playing Pop Warner football who dreams of a professional career. We are also looking to interview players’ families as well as other stake-holders: coaches, trainers, therapists, researchers, scouts, agents, accountants, etc.
If you know of someone we should interview -- please contact us!