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by Bruce Graham

directed by Bud Martin

SEPTEMBER 12–30, 2018

World Premiere! When a university athletic department returns to the big business of college football after its NCAA probation is lifted, staff conflict and a new scandal involving a freshman tutor threaten to blow up the whole program. From the playwright of White Guy on the Bus and The Outgoing Tide comes this incendiary and timely new drama inspired by true events. 

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Want a deeper look at the themes and topics presented in the show? Learn more with our Study Guide.

The content in this play will engage with situations of sexual assault and racism that may be emotionally and intellectually challenging for audience members. 


"A first-rate cast under the assured direction of the company's executive and artistic director, Bud Martin, is often enthralling."

–The Inquirer, Read the full review

"Gripping world premiere ... Graham has scored a touchdown with this taut 95-minute drama. And Delaware Theatre Company’s production with its stellar cast and deft direction under the company’s executive and artistic director Bud Martin is riveting.

–WHYY, Read the full review

"A gritty inside view ... Graham has done a fine job of capturing the sensitive issues and themes around the #metoo movement and university scandals that have recently and sadly continue to make headlines.

–Delaware Arts Info, Read the full review

"A taut production about a seductive and treacherous world ... The onstage company is strong, all four actors deeply invested in Graham’s well-defined roles ... a swift-moving and compelling evening."

–The Broad Street Review, Read the full review

"Infused with a variety of viewpoints poised to pique thought, empirical evidence, and a savvy, charismatic cast directed by Bud Martin, there is something for everyone, not just sports lovers ... an excellent insightful work you’ll not want to pass up"

–Delco Culture Vulture, Read the full review



Get a first look at the world premiere of Bruce Graham's Sanctions, on stage September 12-30, 2018.