In this football play, there are no boys allowed

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Are you ready for some gender politics?

A new play from Williamsburg’s Half Straddle Theater Company celebrates high school football, except that the players who punt, pass and kick just happen to be girls.

“I loved the movie ‘Jackass 3-D.’ I want to see girls being that awesome and playful and stupid, but also really caring about what they’re making together,” said playwright Tina Satter, who got “obsessed” with “Friday Night Lights” and was inspired to write “In the Pony Palace/Foo­tball,” beginning at the Bushwick Starr on Feb. 8. “In ‘The Pony Palace,’ they’re female athletes who happen to play football, and it’s not even commented on.”

Of course, it’s difficult to make a play about girls who play football and not have some comment on it. And yes, on one level, it’s about slyly subverting gender norms by reclaiming the most American — and masculine — of sports. But it’s also about team spirit, camaraderie and the teenage politics of high school, as the loose plot follows the girls from practices to parties to games — where they’re even aided by cheerleaders and a live marching band playing Lady Gaga songs.

“It’s almost a weird idealization, like, let’s not even deal with boys,” said Satter. “It’s just girls and they get to rule.”

“In the Pony Palace/Football” at the Bushwick Starr (207 Starr St. between Irving and Wyckoff avenues in Bushwick, no phone), Feb. 8-26. Tickets $18. For info, visit

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Lucy White from Williamsburg says:
Please explain how it's "slyly subverting" anything? Either its poor writing, reporting or the PR for the show is awry. It doesn't make sense.
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:44 am
Anne from Sunset Park , Brooklyn says:
Do you guys know where they have a football team for girls in brooklyn ?
Oct. 9, 2011, 2:33 pm

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