Batter Up! The Pitch is a new baseball drama that will premiere off-Broadway in September. The performance will begin on September 26th before the opening night on October 5th. They will continue until November 14th.
Stan Freeman’s play is about a duo of sportswriters. They have teamed up to write a biography of baseball pitcher Vernon Peters. Veteran sports journalist Roger Pennell knew Peters in high school when the pitcher played a game in Major League Baseball. He was unknown back then.
Obviously, Peters’ strange career hides a secret, and Pennell is also deeply involved. The Pitch made its world premiere in 2020 at the Majestic Theatre in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It will now be performed on Broadway at the Jerry Orbach Theater. It which is currently showing The Office: A Musical Parody! Until September 19th.
The cast includes John Haag as Pennell, Julian Findlay as the young sportswriter Mike Resnick, Jack Press as Peters, Kelly Strandemo as Pauline, and Dennis Lee as the voice of the baseball announcer. Danny Eaton will direct.
The rest of the creative team includes set designer Greg Trochlil, lighting designer Matthew Sells, and costume designer Dawn McKay.
In 1973, Vernon Peters made only one ball in the New York Yankees’ major leagues and soon left the baseball world. His life gradually fell into despair – alcoholism, divorce, homelessness. He eventually died anonymously.
In this interesting and unforgettable story, a cynical, down-to-earth retired sportswriter reluctantly agrees to work with a young one who is eager to write a paperback biography for Peters. But it will soon be discovered that at the core of the pitcher’s mysterious and tragic story lies a secret—a secret that an older writer tried to hide. The unexpected ending of the show will leave you stunned. Although set in baseball, “THE PITCH” by Stan Freeman is not so much about sports as it is about dreams, life choices, and generational differences.
Credits: www.newyorktheatreguide.com; www.thepitch-theplay.com
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