Fight Song

Theatre (new writing, drama)

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  • Venue 13 - Venue 13
  • 13:15
  • Aug 24
  • 55 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: CalArts Festival Theater
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of Sexual Violence, OtherSexual Assault and Suicide References.
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Sweetwater, Texas. 1964. The only thing bigger than football is Jesus Christ and women’s hair. Four cheerleaders don’t know why they are here or how long they’ve been in this dark place – all they know is that something is horribly wrong. Both Lucifer and God herself pay a visit, turning high school drama into something much nastier. Animalistic cruelty meets philosophical debate in this strange nightmare of a story – a never ending fight song.

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Katharine Graham 59 days ago

Powerful and compelling, with moments of humor. Strong performances, writing, and direction. Definitely head over to Venue 13 to see Fight Song.

Dominic 63 days ago

We enjoyed this show. It’s got funny parts, sad parts, scary parts, and is entertaining all around. I liked how it wasn’t predictable. Great performances, especially from the little girl who plays Mary. A fun script overall. Great piece.

Unnea 64 days ago

I absolutely loved this show. Wow! I can’t believe this was created by a student. A wonderfully detailed story with some really nice chunks of writing. The acting is also great. That’s not what you’re thinking about as it goes on, though… the play starts and totally sucks you in, trust me. When it ended, my friend looked at me with a big smile and said “Wow, that was really really good!” That is how I felt too. I’ve never been to the US, but the story has some deep themes that anyone can be touched by, even a male (like my friend who came with me). As an artist especially, I am left being inspired. Thank you Fight Song.

Sara 67 days ago

We attended the performance on Sunday the 11th. The stage was bare when we entered and a soundtrack of old music was playing. We were not sure what to expect, but Fight Song at first glance did not look like anything spectacular.

We did not realize what a shock we were in for.

I believe this maybe one of the most unique shows I have ever seen. The word that comes to my mind is “special.” This is a special, special thing. What a beautiful play. These actors are so good and the writing and story are so amazing. My husband called it brilliant too, because what Fight Song accomplishes in an hour with essentially nothing but words is crazy. In my old age, I left contemplating death and religion and my womanhood for the first time in a long time. Fight Song, more than anything, is very very sad... but in a most beautiful and thoughtful way.

We enjoyed very much and if I could manage it I would like to come again.

Grant Maylon 71 days ago

Set in the 1960s, Texas, four cheerleaders get into a fatal “automobile accident” and find themselves in the after world. Lucifer serves as a narrator type figure while God (who appears as a woman) and the Country Bumpkin give occasional soliloquies. The four cheerleaders chat, bicker, bully, and of course, fight and fight some more. As Lucifer says, “this place brings out the worst in people, and I F-ing love it.” Despite its wickedness, we love it too.

Strong cast of performers in this show. Jean, the “mean girl” often flies from hysterically funny to terrifyingly crazy. The “self hating monster”, as she calls herself, seems to be symbolic of the mean girl in all of us. Jean almost seems possessed by something very ugly, but it drives the show. Linda has a very strong performance as Jean’s number two, and it is oh-so-satisfying when she breaks. A very relevant point is made with her character, as she is told she can’t be American because she was born in Iraq. She is very funny and very sharp, and the complicated role is played well. Samuel Camp is excellent as Lucifer. His performance of the irritated, thoughtful, tired yet charming devil adds a delicious dose of masculinity to the show. And as sad as it is, the girls continue to prove his pessimistic views to be right.

The Country Bumpkin’s moments are short but pack a powerful punch. I find it peculiar that she never interacts with the girls; however, I think it’s better she doesn’t because that character functions as a symbol. Maybe the Country Bumpkin is the “God”cheerleaders worship, unknowingly? The character of God leaves a big question mark for me. A bold choice on the playwright’s part: to have a character announce that she is God, because is a woman, and she is black. When considering the South and its history of racism, it’s a brilliant idea. However, the actress playing this role is severely unsuited for the heavy task. Her presence is beautiful, but when she speaks, I can’t help but wish there were more behind it. Because of this, the energy of the play is brought down each time she appears. Luckily the rest of the ensemble is able to pick it back up.

Aside from a very nuanced play that deals with a plethora of issues faced by women, it is a statement on religion and the odd ways in which we practice it. While it maybe offensive to some Christian audience members, Fight Song really makes a valid argument. Not only are the girls hypocritical, but they eventually becoming monstrous. Given the current state of things in the US, this 1960s story rings true for me today.

Funny, sad, thought provoking, and weird. Add this to your Do Not Miss list.

Nathan 73 days ago

Fight Song (*****)

I thought the piece was outstanding. What the play is missing in production value (costumes weren't really exceptional) it makes up for in content. Beautifully written. Exemplary acting. A very thoughtful work of theater. Entertaining. Both humorous and at times heart breaking. I would highly recommend.

Harry 74 days ago

What a powerful and poignant piece of theatre! You have to come down to venue 13 to see this wonderfully written and preformed play. It’s subject matter is hard hitting and incredibly relevant. Stuck in purgatory, these four cheerleaders must face the consequences of their actions as God and the Devil look on. Determining where the troubled girls must go; Heaven or Hell. You have to see this show! Don’t miss out!

WAYNE GOLBY 74 days ago

I enjoyed this performance from the group from Calarts. Strong energetic performances from all the group. Professional play about some difficult subjects. Check this play out you won’t be disappointed.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 60 days ago

God is a black woman, the devil is drinking what looks like a whisky, and a group of bloodied half dead, half sexy cheerleaders lie on the floor, caught somewhere between heaven and hell ...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 70 days ago

Fight Song is part of this year’s programme of four plays by students from the celebrated CalIfornia Institute of the Arts (CalArts) at Venue 13. It maintains the tradition of creating original material and imaginative productions.The play opens in the small town of Sweetwater, Texas in 1964, where "the only...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 75 days ago

A punchy opening and interesting premise, but at times somewhat stagnant...

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