Sure there are plays out there about roller derby and boxing. But you can fit all the other sports plays in a thimble compared to the vast dramatic literature about baseball, not to mention the treasury of baseball literature beyond theater.
The presence of plays by foreign-born playwrights in Chicago theater is not the same as a repertory of work that truly spans the globe. Bringing this kind of theater to Chicago means overcoming the obvious barrier of language and the less-obvious barrier of familiarity.
Diseases ranging from polio to cancer to mental illness have inspired playwrights to pick up their pens. But no disease has sparked a continuum of works, a cohesive and evolving and expanding collection of works, like HIV/AIDS.