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King James

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June 1 – July 3, 2022

#KingJamesCTG #KingJamesinLA
Mark Taper Forum
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These terrific performers absolutely give a winning assist to each other… A must see for more than just rabid sports fans

I would be surprised if this top-notch production of “King James” doesn’t end up on Broadway. But the Taper is an ideal place to savor this tale of two buddies united by basketball, a once-in-a-generation player, a humble city and shared time.

In a town that was searching for someone to look up to, no figure loomed as large as LeBron James. Playwright Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) chronicles the friendship of two Clevelanders as they bond over the rise of the greatest player in Cavaliers’ history. Tony Award® winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) directs this new play from the Pulitzer Prize-short lister hailed as “wonderfully daring, imaginative, and compassionate” (The New York Times). 

A co-production with Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Abbott Elementary star Chris Perfetti shines in Rajiv Joseph's new play at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum… Perfetti and [Glenn] Davis are SUPERB, and their chemistry is immediate."

Directed with élan by Tony-winner Kenny Leon, the production raises the energy level with stadium-style razzle-dazzle. Flashing lights circulate through the audience before the play begins and during scene changes. A DJ visibly perched in a booth offstage, blasts R&B and pop tunes that had subscribers jiggling in their seats and singing in the lobby.

Main Features

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LeBron James drama off the court: ‘King James,’ at long last, has its tipoff time
At this moment, all eyes are on Rajiv Joseph.

After spending most of the afternoon on the sidelines, he steps forward, coming face to face with two guys shooting hoops who just moments ago were engaged in a heated standoff. What happens next could change the scene dramatically, depending on what Joseph does.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: LeBron Fandom, and the Making of a Friendship in ‘King James’

Rajiv Joseph’s new play, which chronicles the bond between two LeBron James fans over 12 years, is having its world premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago.
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By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Kenny Leon

World Premiere Production

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Health & Safety Policy

We require all guests to wear a mask and provide proof of full vaccination along with a government or education issued photo ID upon arrival. Booster shots are strongly recommended. Unvaccinated guests, including children or those with a medical or religious reason must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to attendance, or a negative rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours prior. All tests must be administered by a professional. At-home tests will not be accepted.

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June 21, 28, and July 3 Matinee

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