Mat Smart, author of Geva’s upcoming world premiere production Tinker to Evers to Chance, loves both sports and theatre. I guess that’s a pretty obvious thing to say about a guy who wrote a play about baseball. What seems less obvious is the connection between loving sports and loving theatre – until Mat explains it, and then it sounds like the most natural thing in the world.
Lucky for us, Mat recently published this great article on HowlRound doing just that. I recommend checking out the whole thing, but here’s a sample of what he has to say:
“The magic of sports, for me, is that anything can happen: ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’ . . . We need people to be dying to know what happens next. That keeps butts in the seats. That gets people to come back to the theater again. At the end of each scene of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, I found myself saying, ‘Holy shit. I can’t believe that just happened. What is going to happen next?’ We need bold, unsafe, untethered storytelling like that—as back and forth and exciting as this year’s Michigan-Kentucky Elite Eight game.”