Xavier Magazine

Playing Hoops

The Xavier Players have the perfect idea for the perfect homecoming production: The Perfect Game. What makes everything so perfect about the production is it’s written by 1955 graduate John Grissmer, it’s a world premier, and, much like homecoming, it centers around the game of basketball. The play traces the history of the game—from Dr. James Naismith’s hanging peach baskets on the balcony rail to the modern version of glass backboards and slam dunks. It will be performed in Schmidt Fieldhouse, with the arena court serving as the stage.

Cathy Springfield, director for performing arts, wanted Grissmer to direct the play, as well as make it the initial performance in the Players’ new theater in the Gallagher Student Center. Grissmer declined both requests, but is returning to campus for the performance. He will attend a special dinner before the Nov. 16 show. Tickets for the dinner are $25.

The Players’ grand opening for the new theater will instead be A Midwinter’s Tale, by Kenneth Branagh on April 17.

Grissmer will take a videotape of the performances, which will include the return of several former Xavier Players, and shop it around to theaters in New York City.

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