The American Legacy
Metropolitan Playhouse
The American Legacy

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Learning from Losing
to the
Harlem Globetrotters
by Brandt Johnson

February 11 - 27, 2010

An interview with Brandt:  clydefitchreport

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"Johnson shows fantastic range with his many characters ....As today’s sports pages increasingly fill with ugly personal sagas...Billy’s story restores regard for the athlete.... Oh, and he has a sense of humor."-- - Matthew Trumbull
Author/Performer Brandt Johnson began his performing career as a child before taking a detour to work as an investment banker, play on tour against the Harlem Globetrotters, and play professional basketball in Europe.

Give and Go is his (semi-autobiographical) story of the ambitious and eager Billy Tyler, whose love of basketball and dogged discipline earn him positions on high school and college teams—and fail to get him a spot in the NBA.  When he applies the same grit to Wall Street, the rewards are immediate, but the love is gone.  Leaving a lucrative career in investment banking, he returns to bank shots and finds himself on a European tour playing against the Harlem Globetrotters, losing every game. But it is there he discovers that true success is not about winning; it’s about loving the game you play.

Thrilled by this inspiring and comical journey in the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007, Metropolitan is proud to bring a newly revised version of the play back to its season of Starting Over.

Written and Performed by Brandt Johnson

Directed by Ron Stetson

Music by Keith "Wild Child" Middleton