Roller Derby as theater

MSU Theatre tackles a play on wheels

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 Are you ready to roll? “For The Love Of (or The Roller Derby Play),” written by Gina Femia and directed by Alexis Black, heads to the Arena Theatre this weekend through Nov. 20. In this production, Joy can’t believe it when she is invited to join the Brooklyn Scallywags, along with the league’s star-player Lizzie Lighting. When bout bruises and scars transcend from the physical to emotional, Joy and her long-term partner Michelle discover how much they’re willing to sacrifice to follow their hearts.   

  “This show is about building community, finding connection, and fighting for what makes your heart come alive,” said Alexis Black, director and MSU assistant professor of movement and acting. “In a post-pandemic world, we are all craving community, and this play celebrates just that.”
           

The production also features a unique collaboration with MSU’s College of Music. Sound designer and MFA design candidate Thalia Pearce worked with David Biedenbender’s composition students to compose original theme songs for each character in the roller derby team. 

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