One Year Lease Theater Company brings the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs to the stage in BALLS™, written by Kevin Armento & Bryony Lavery, commissioned and developed by One Year Lease.
Part sport, part disco, all carnival, Balls™ explodes across time, space and genre, fully embracing the circus atmosphere of the original event, and bouncing this most memorable tennis match of all-time off of the cultural debates it ignited around sexism, women-in-sport & equality. With these arguments still ongoing and as heated in our political climate right now as they were then, Balls is arriving at a perfect time!
True to OYL’s physical and high-intensity approach, the production will feature a moment-by-moment, shot-by-shot recreation of the tennis match in real time.
Written by Kevin Armento & Bryony Lavery
Directed by Ianthe Demos & Nick Flint
Movement Direction by Natalie Lomonte
Set Design by Kristen Robinson
Lighting Design by Mike Riggs Sound Design by Brendan Aanes
Costume Design by Kenisha Kelley
Richard L. Danforth
Cynthia and Ben Guill
Jane and Dick Schmitt
Donald Corran Alex J Gould
Zakiya Iman Markland Olivia McGiff
Elisha Mudley Cristina Pitter
Richard Saudek Ellen Tamaki
Balls was commissioned and developed by One Year Lease Theater Company and is a Co-Production between One Year Lease Theater Company & Stages Repertory Theatre
"There is no question, Balls is a production that comes to play. If by play one means throw down (spiritedly and with a sly giggle) on how women have had to fight, and not always win, the battle for gender progress." - Jessica Goldman
"Balls is an innovative play with the most impressive level of technical precision. It’s rife with humor, poking fun at the very concept of the battle of the sexes. Yet it gets reflective in ways I never expected, offering stark criticism and authentic heartbreak that blurs the lines between the gender wars. It’s poignant, physical, and - dare I say - ballsy." - Meagan Navarro
NEW YORK PREMIERE:January 2018 at 59E59 Theaters for a 6-week off-Broadway Run.