Read:PLAYS ABOUT BASEBALL
SEPT2013: THE 125th ARTICLE FOR BASEBALL GURU
TAKE ME OUT: 2002:
Richard Greenberg premiered this play at the Joseph PAPP Public Theater in
September and later it came to Broadway
The premise was unusual. It takes place in a locker room and all sorts of issues and moments are explored (homosexuality, class distinctions, masculine attributes, bigotry, etc).
the star players of the team announces that he is gay. The reaction
The play stays in the dugout for the course of a season. At the end there are tragic circumstances.
Greenberg has stated that the inspiration for the main character of the play was Derek Jeter (make what you will out of that).
When the play appeared at that time no Major League player had publicly come out.
THE SIGNAL SEASON OF DUMMY HOY
In 2011 Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak introduced a new play at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre based on the real life ballplayer known as Dummy Hoy. The play was fictional but the remarkable Dummy Hoy was not.
William Ellsworth Hoy was a professional ballplayer at the beginning of the 20th century. He in no way was a dummy the nickname referred to the fact that he was deaf.
The hand signals that are used in baseball today originated when his teammates tried to signal to him during games.
The play itself deals with Hoy's first season in the Minors. it details the relationship between him and his teammates. They have misconceptions and attitudes about the situation and also people who are different.
It also highlights Hoy's struggles within himself and the ordeal he went through to work and try to resolve his disability.
The show went to off Broadway and then played briefly on the Broadway stage.
Is a two character play with 2 men who face each other with mixed results. It's a first time encounter. It deals with both men being involved in Little League and both having "Odd Couple" differences over it.
Over the course of the play both men get to know each other and establish a relationship of sorts.
There are plenty of gags, and sometimes inside humor that would only resonate with baseball fans.
It also talks a bit about the up's and down's of Little League play and how it can get to be overwhelming if carried to extreme. There is an effort to show the characters teaching the kids the values of life as well as those of sports.
It was written by Richard Dresser who also wrote "JOHNNY BASEBALL."
Unfortunately Rounding Third has gotten very little attention.
MR. RICKEY CALLS A MEETING:
In 1989 the
George St. Playhouse (located in
The meeting is related to the audience by a 64 year old African American bellhop who happened to be in the room at the time.
"Mr. Rickey Call's a Meeting". While the discussion is going on its apparent
that the people assembled are experiencing conflicts of their own. Some of
them voice the opinion that Rickey was going to bring Robinson to the Dodgers
because of the economic benefits that would come from exploiting the Black
The play never made it to Broadway. Jackie Robinson did not want himself to be portrayed the way he appeared in the play and Ed Schmidt (the writer) refused to change it. Robinson threatened to sue and the production ended.
You're "A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN" opened on off Broadway in 1967. it had a successful run that lasted for 1, 597 performances. It came back (this time to Broadway) in 1971 for 32 days and once again in 1999.
The play deals with all the elements that are featured in the comic strip. It has extended references to Charlie Browns misbegotten baseball experiences. Not really a play about baseball but how can we not include it in this section of plays dealing with the game.
Next month Part Four