The place is a village in the south of Italy, where a group of immigrants compete in the first ever clandestine soccer world championship to determine who will have control over the city center for the following year. Italy, Libya, Morocco, Poland, Ukraine and Senegal are the impromptu national teams fighting to become the champions of their suburban world. In the middle of it all is a love story between an Italian midfielder player and an Indian girl – and in the background, the local Mafia.
MICHELE SANTERAMO (Playwright) is an award-winning Italian author and actor. He wrote Nobili e Porci libri, Konfine (shortlisted for ENZIMI 2003), Accadueò (VOCI DELL’ANIMA Award 2004), Murgia (special mention at GENERAZIONE SCENARIO 2003), Vico Angelo Custode, Sacco e Vanzetti loro malgrado, published by Editoria & Spettacolo. He also wrote Le scarpe, Cirano, Sogno degli artigiani in 2007 and Fanculopensiero stanza 510. Sequestro all’italiana (finalist at Riccione per il Teatro Award 2009). He is the author of Le Scarpe together with Teatro Minimo and co-produced by Fondazione Pontedera Teatro (2010) and La rivincita (2012). He won the Riccione Award Teatro Award 2011 for Il guaritore (The healer). In 2012 he wrote Il giorno del Signore.
DAVE JOHNSON (One) is a poet actor, an author of the titles Baptized To The Bone, Dead Heat, and Marble Shoot. He is the co-translator, from Italian, of the plays Gomorrah and Super Santos. Dave’s work has recently focused on large-scale public art works at the Milan World’s Fair, for the New York City Department of Probation, and for St. John’s University. He is the publisher and editor of Free VerseMagazine and he is on the faculty of The New School University and the Cooper Union School of Art.
ERIC GRAVEZ (Two) Recent theatrical credits include Sergei Diaghilev in the première of Picasso’s Masterpiece by Charles Mee, Dracula (workshop) with Strangemen & Co at The Eugene O’Neill Center, The Awakening première with Ugly Rhino role of Alcee Arobin and Bill Sykes with Park Square Theater amongst others. TV appearances include The Blacklist, Person of Interest, Homicide and I Am Homicide. Eric continues to collaborate with Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab artists on many projects.