4

Among the Thugs

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Horse Head Theatre is still relatively new to Houston's theater scene, but the company seems to have a theme going: wildly testosterone-driven plays that revel in men behaving badly. The newest production, Among the Thugs, focuses on the violence of British soccer in the 1980s. A bit of history - in 1984 at Heysel Stadium, 39 fans were killed and 600 more were injured when a wall collapsed during a riot. The amazing part? The game went on. In 1989, almost 100 fans died during a stampede at Hillsborough Stadium. The deaths don't even speak to all the injuries or to the property that was vandalized during and after games.

American journalist Bill Buford became so fascinated by this violence that he started hanging out with these football hooligans in search of the personal and sociological reasons behind the mob mentality. The results of his journey to the dark side became a firsthand account called Among the Thugs, which has been turned into a play by Tom Szentgyorgyi. And, thanks to Horse Head Theatre, Houstonians get to watch the central character in Szentgyorgyi's work (a journalist named Bill) discover firsthand just what's so seductive about mob violence. See Among the Thugs at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, September 20. Through October 2. Kryptonite, 717 Franklin. For information, call 713-364-4482 or visit www.horseheadtheatre.org. $20 to $25.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 16. Continues through Oct. 2, 2010

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.