Boxing 2000
Jo-Jo is a janitor. His brother, Freddie, is an unemployed boxer. Marissa is Freddie’s girlfriend. Jo-Jo knows Promoter who sets up a fight for them. Promoter talks to them about investing in their future and tells Freddie to stop playing the lotto. Freddie asks Marissa to marry him, but she tells him that she has found something inside of her and she wants him to find that true thing inside himself too. Freddie fights Old Kid Hansen, even though Marissa asks him not to. She leaves. Freddie’s father tells him he’s not fighting hard enough. Freddie wins. After, he asks Promoter if he fixed the fight. Promoter says no.
CREDITS

Written and Directed by Richard Maxwell

Freddie: Robert Torres
Jo-Jo: Gary Wilmes
Promoter: Chris Sullivan
Marissa: Gladys Perez
Ol’ Kid Hansen: Jim Fletcher
Referee: Lakpa Bhutia
Corner: Candido "Pito" Rivera
Afleck: Alex Ruiz
Father: Benjamin Tejeda

Set and Costumes: Stephanie Nelson
Lights: Eric Dyer
Producer: Barbara Hogue
Technical Director: Billy Burns
Stage Manager: Louis Puopolo

Production History

The Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University, 1999
Present Company Theatorium, New York 2000
Kaaitheater, Brussels 2001
Hebbel Theater, Berlin 2001
The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus 2002
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis 2002
Performing Arts Chicago, Chicago 2002

Press

Boxing 2000, Curtain Up, 2000
Theater Review: Burned Out but Not Down for the Count, The New York Times, 2000
A Playwright Who Creates People, Not Roles, The New York Times, 2000

Support

A co-production of the Hebbel Theater, the Wexner Center for the Arts and Kaaitheater.