4 – 3

The city gathers around the stadium, split in two by today’s derby. In the locker room, eleven players prepare for so much more than just another game. On the other side of the wall, their eternal rivals. 
A ritual, a sacred space for the length of the match, only extinguished by the referee’s final blow on the whistle. And in between, a few sublime instants and many shades of grotesque. In a word, football. 

4 – 3 is all about team-play and the match is a ritual of gestures and motion. But the outcome is determined by what goes on in the locker room. As the athletes prepare to face yet another epic challenge, their stories and decisions interweave like a web of passes. Will they end up scoring a goal?

Author:Oscar Biffi & Alessandro Giovannucci
Roles:7 to 11. No gender suggestions.
Time:2 hours.
Replayability:High.

The outcomes of the match are multiple and not easily predicted. Characters are defined by a random combination of cards.

Leitmotiv:Football, derby, rivalry, locker room, sublime and grotesque, epic challenges, romanticism of sports.
Handouts:Cards
Pre-match warmup
Flow of the match
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