Winner of the 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award, Pravin Wilkins’ play, directed by Nancy Medina (fresh from helming Trouble in Mind at the NT), is set against the background of Black Lives Matter and American football. Wilkins is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With the NFL under pressure after Colin Kaepernick takes the knee to protest racial injustice and police brutality against black people, star player Luis Moreno is feeling the pressure. Should he or should he not take the knee as the political tide turns against his own community? The Award has produced some excellent plays and this one about what happens when politics reaches the pitch sounds timely.
August, 2016. The NFL is being shaken by Colin Kaepernick’s monumental decision. Whilst other players join him in taking the knee, star running back Luis Moreno is all about his game – and his pay check. A record-breaking season is in sight – but America’s leadership is changing. When a destructive new reality hits close to home, Luis is forced to ask whether politics have a place on the field, and if he is willing to risk his career to take a stand for his own community. But does, and should, this movement hold a place for them? Pravin Wilkins stunning debut play was chosen out of 1,719 scripts send in from 45 countries by a group of independent readers, the 503 team and a panel comprising Erica Whyman (Chair of Theatre503 and deputy artistic director, RSC), producer Caro Newling, actor/director Daniel Evans, arts journalist and reviewer Sam Marlowe, playwrights Roy Williams and Vinay Patel, and Theatre503 artistic director Lisa Spirling.