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Crosscurrents

'Candlestick' is about a changing Bay Area, not just football

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Courtesty of Camp Santo
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Donald E. Lacy Jr. in "Candlestick".

“Candlestick” is the latest production from San Francisco theatre company Campo Santo. The drama follows a group of longtime Bayview residents and 49ers fans tailgating during the team’s final season at Candlestick Park, and explores the changing face of the Bay Area before the niners move to Santa Clara.

Some people it's their religion, football is religion.

Lead actor Donald Lacy talks about the show and his life in East Oakland. By the way, he happens to be a lifelong Raiders fan, so, as he puts it, "this is the greatest acting challenge of my career!"

You can catch Donald in "Candlestick" playing at ACT’s Costume Shop Theater through the weekend.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.