Hope springs eternal in the post-game locker room of Barely Athletic, an amateur soccer team competing in the five-a-side pub league in Hull, a Yorkshire fishing city that’s seen better days (as have these athletes). A hilarious and heartbreaking play about romance, resilience, taking chances, and moving on by the winner of Britain’s 2012 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.
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A remarkable production! A delightfully intimate portrait of human vulnerability.
Touching performances and graceful writing. There’s a bashfulness to this tender play that makes you want to put your arm around it.
This excellent American premiere shows the full range of Wells’ sensitive, intelligent writing.
On April 13, the cast and creative team of Jumpers for Goalposts gathered for the first time to share their vision with Studio Theatre staff, board members, and supporters. Artistic Director David Muse began the evening with a brief introduction of playwright Tom Wells, a British playwright receiving his first US production at Studio.Read More
“It’s a pub football team. Pub is half the activity,” Viv quips in Jumpers for Goalposts as she encourages the social aspect of their soccer team. Social sports are skyrocketing in popularity in DC and other major cities where meeting new people can often be overwhelming. These amateur leagues offer an alternative to crowded, loud, and expensive nightlife.Read More
While he did not necessarily plan to write for the stage, Tom Wells has proven to be a generous, sympathetic, and heartfelt playwright whose work focuses on everyday life, especially for members of the LGBTQ community, sharpened by a degree of politically relevant and emotionally substantive realism.Read More