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PREMIERE4/25/1996
COMPOSERMike Reid   
LIBRETTISTSarah Schlesinger   
Opera Memphis
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DATETIMELOCATION
4/01/1996--Memphis, TN
4/25/1996--Memphis, TN
4/26/1996--Memphis, TN
4/27/1996--Memphis, TN
4/28/1996--Memphis, TN
Synopsis
The curtain comes up on Aaron James, a star wide-receiver, as he makes a winning play in a critical game for his team, The Hawks. Aaron has become a pal and surrogate father to Casey, a troubled kid whose mother, Jenny, works as a secretary for the tough-talking team owner, Doris. Casey idolizes Aaron not realizing the player has a second life off the field as a compulsive gambler. An enforcer for the mob appears to demand that Aaron throw a game to pay off his growing debts. Against a backdrop of sport radio broadcasts that reveal the extent of Aaron's popularity, Casey becomes more and more attached to him. The team owner buys him out of debt, but the enforcer still demands Aaron throw the game. Otherwise, he threatens to release photographs of Aaron gambling in Las Vegas that will end his career.

Although he never decides to throw the game, Aaron does drop the winning pass depriving his team of a championship. Casey overhears a conversation between Aaron and Doris in which she accuses him of dropping the pass on purpose. The boy is devastated. After his mother holds Aaron accountable for her son's disillusionment, the player decides to redeem himself by admitting his gambling to Casey and the world, and quits the game. He's a giant on the gridiron, but real life cuts him down.
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