Alum and Former Faculty Member Collaborate on X's and O's (A Football Love Story)

Eddie Ray Jackson and Jenny Mercein in the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story). Photo by Kevin Berne.
Eddie Ray Jackson and Jenny Mercein in the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story). Photo by Kevin Berne.

Professional Actor Training Program alumna Jenny Mercein (2003) and former faculty member KJ Sanchez co-wrote X's and O's (A Football Love Story), currently having its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theater. The play is based on the more than 50 interviews with former football players, their families, and their fans conducted by Jenny and KJ. Jenny is also in the six-member cast.

From Berkeley Rep's press release, Jenny says, "I grew up in a household where football was everything, and I see a lot of parallels between live theatre and live sports. I think we are experiencing a pivotal moment in football and I’m curious as to how the game might change. We hope this play will provide new perspectives on the game: for the people who play it, the people who love it, and those who don’t consider themselves fans. And I hope it sparks conversations about how the game is played in the future.”

Read the New York Times article, "The Lasting Impacts of Football: ‘X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)’ Examines a Sport’s Damage."

Read Berkeley Rep's full press release here.

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