It’s Derby Day and the Ballard brothers have a luxury box at the Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Their father has just died, and Frank, the oldest, has flown down from Chicago to see the angry newlywed Ned and the ex-con Johnny. Over the course of one long day the Ballard boys destroy everything and everyone in their way — drinking, cursing, and revealing family secrets that might just tear them apart forever. Playwright Samuel Brett Williams explores family, love, and mortality in a dark comedy that culminates in a race that you will never forget.


59e59 Theatre
Gilded Balloon (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Red Door Studios
Clifton Performance Theatre
Camisade Theatre Company
Elephant Theatre Company


National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Studio 42