by Kate Attwell
Directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon
Oct 24–Dec 8, 2019
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes, no intermission
How can we understand the present, if we won’t acknowledge the past? Tony Award winner and A.C.T.’s Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon (in her Strand Theater debut) directs this scorching and comic world premiere by playwright Kate Attwell—a contrast of two interwoven stories focusing on cricket, a game of strict rules and hidden violence.
It’s 2019 and tensions in the locker room rise during a world-class match between rival women’s cricket players from India and England, as secrets spill about relationships, influencers, and the integrity of the sport. Then in 1800 (or so), Abhi, the Number One Sepoy of the East India Co., struggles to force two bungling, cheating British administrators—absorbed in setting down the rules of cricket—to focus on the famine they have created outside the compound walls.
As the actors shift gears from modern to historical—mashing up theatrical conventions with past and present—Kate Attwell asks hard-hitting questions about colonialism, gender, and power. Testmatch is already attracting attention; it won an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and is set for a run at Yale Rep in 2020. Be the first to see this bold, fast, funny production and experience the launch of a thrilling new voice in American theater.
This play is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
This production contains strong language, loud noises, violence, and mature themes. For additional context about this production, click here. Note: Includes spoilers.
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Open caption performance: Saturday, Nov 23 at 2 p.m.
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