That Championship Season
by Jason Miller – directed by Laura Jones
February 4 – March 5, 2017
Settle in your seat for a reunion of sorts. Set in the 1970s, a group of emotionally bankrupt and disillusioned men are re-living their glory days at a get-together with their terminally ill high school basketball coach. Each man comes to the table with a big personality and equally big problems in his life. This production exposes dark secrets and takes you into the conflict that has plagued them for 25 years and thus hindered their potential today as they live through the past.
A good story that’s well told and you don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy the gaffes, the emotion and the turmoil they all feel about moving beyond the past and learning to live in the here and now.
***This show contains adult language. Recommended age 15+
“…a drama of searing intensity, agonized compassion and consummate craftsmanship”
– TIME MAGAZINE
1972 winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best play of the season.
“Hearts must change. For blacks and other minorities, it means tying our own
struggles for justice to the challenge that a lot of people in this country face –
the refugee, the immigrant, the rural poor, the transgender American – and also
the middle-aged white man who from the outside may seem like he’s got all the
advantages, but who’s seen his world upended by economic, cultural, and
President Obama’s Farewell Address in Chicago
January 10, 2017
Q & A with the Director
What drew you to want to direct That Championship Season?
I am drawn to well-written character studies and actor-centered ensemble pieces. Jason Miller’s play filled that bill.
What have been the highlights of rehearsing this play?
The commitment of the cast to faithfully telling the story, in spite of being asked to play roles that warrant adjectives such as “despicable,” “disgraceful,” and yes, “deplorable.”
And likewise, the devotion of the Bas Bleu staff and crew members to authenticity as well as their attention to realistic detail in rendering a world for our play.
Has anything surprised you?
I have been most surprised by the contemporary resonances and echoes the play has sounded.
Talk about the challenges of presenting a play set 40 years ago that won both the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award.
Plays win prestigious awards for a reason no matter the season. The challenge always is to unpack what that reason was and unravel the threads of circumstances that made that reason matter to the characters.
What do you hope people take away from this play?
An appreciation for the fact that everyone feels discriminated against at some time or other. Some more often than others, but no one is exempt.