Rushing

Russell and Mia meet minutes before the first football game of the season. He's the star running back, she plays the sousaphone in the university marching band. No one ever pictured them together. But they are. And in a weird way they're good for each other. Until they're not. Rushing explores the culture of violence, the fanaticism surrounding Division I sports, and rape on college campuses...
Russell and Mia meet minutes before the first football game of the season. He's the star running back, she plays the sousaphone in the university marching band. No one ever pictured them together. But they are. And in a weird way they're good for each other. Until they're not. Rushing explores the culture of violence, the fanaticism surrounding Division I sports, and rape on college campuses nationwide.

This play takes place in your town. The team is wearing your colors. And yes, there's a live marching band scoring this entire world.
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Rushing

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  • Andrea Kovich:
    6 Jan. 2019
    A dynamic and devastatingly honest play, RUSHING questions our society’s glorification of athletes. This play scores a touchdown with its clever and realistic dialogue, complex characters, and an arresting marching band soundtrack. Highly recommended for anyone interested in creating an unforgettable theatre experience that speaks to current social issues.
  • Mario Gomez:
    3 Jan. 2019
    'Rushing' is an ambitious play, both in its scope, cast size, and themes. Even with a world, when fully realized, that includes a football team, a marching band, and the spectators to a game, the play is still very personal, very raw, very intimate. Mia's journey is unabashedly brutal, but not gratuitously so; everything we see and hear in the piece connects us emotionally with her. The themes 'Rushing' explores are not easy, they are complex, large, important, and need our attention. The playwright succeeds in making us pay attention and ask ourselves how to do better.
  • Iphigenia Rising:
    2 Jan. 2019
    As the dramaturg for the first staged reading of 'Rushing,' I could not recommend this play more highly. It's ambitious, but it should be. The world of the play is vast and clear, the characters are relatable (and most certainly college students), and the way Mohlman has shaped the action is spot on. We careen through Mia's experiences, carried by the sound of drum lines and football chants, and it's terrifying. This play leaves audience members feeling unresolved, but not without hope. If you have the people for the cast, make 'Rushing' come to life.

Character Information

  • Russell Stovver
    20,
    Male
    running back, #1
  • "Tag" Ogden
    22,
    White
    ,
    Male
    quarterback, #21
  • Michael Valerio
    18,
    Latinx
    ,
    Male
    place kicker, #17
  • Tyler Shaw
    20,
    Male
    wide receiver, #81
  • Brandon Cook
    21,
    Male
    defensive lineman, #50
  • Nathan Henry
    19,
    Male
    linebacker, #53
  • Dallas Johnson
    18,
    Male
    tight end, #44
  • Andrew Young
    20,
    Male
    offensive lineman, #56
  • Jonathan Davis
    19,
    Male
    safety, #7
  • C.J. Holiday
    20,
    Male
    cornerback, #29
  • Jordan Moses
    18,
    Male
    defensive back, #8
  • Mia
    18,
    Female
    tuba
  • Alex
    18,
    Female
    clarinet
  • Leila
    21,
    Female
    trumpet, section leader
  • Jenny
    21,
    Female
    drum major
  • Tess
    22,
    Female
    a nursing student
  • The Announcer
    White
    ,
    Male
    Booming and brash. He separates the somebodies from the nobodies.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Umbrella Project
    ,
    2018