9th Annual 7th Inning Stretch

7th Inning Stretch Photo Gallery

Here are some photos from this weekend’s great 7th Inning Stretch production that Mile Square Theatre is putting on!

Pictures courtesy of Joe Epstein Photography. Check out his website for other examples of his fine work!

Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre Presents the 7th Inning Stretch

It’s a summer tradition, just like baseball: The Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, New Jersey, will present 7th Inning Stretch, its annual festival of seven original 10-minute plays on the theme of baseball.

The ninth-annual production takes place Friday and Saturday, June 17th and June 18th at 8pm, and Sunday, June 19th at 2pm, at the Monroe Theatrespace at 720 Monroe Street in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are $25, and $15 for students and seniors. The June 18 performance includes the Triple Play Party, a post performance reception with food and drink supplied by Hoboken’s best restaurants. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will benefit Mile Square Theatre’s 2011-12 season and its education programs.

Both comedies and dramas are on deck for this year’s world premieres. Each ten-minute play is a full staging of the original work, adding up to 70 minutes of fast-moving theatre and proof that baseball is a rich theme.

Seven playwrights from around the country were selected to pen a play on America’s favorite pastime. Playwrights in the past have included Pulitzer finalists, winners of a Tony or Kennedy Center award, and those whose works have been staged in such celebrated venues as the Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as on Broadway and off-Broadway.

7th Inning Stretch has been a bona fide hit since its first at bat in 2003. Then, Mile Square Theatre artistic director Chris O’Connor was searching for a way to kick off the fledgling theatre company.

Unable to mount a major production, O’Connor conceived a festival of original 10-minute plays as a fundraiser. He didn’t look far for a central theme: Hoboken, birthplace of Frank Sinatra and baseball.
Though there remains some dispute elsewhere as to whether Hoboken hosted the first organized baseball game, one thing is certain: Hoboken can claim this theatrical and playful ode to baseball that is – season after season – an exhilarating night out at the theatre for all.

Tickets are on sale at www.milesquaretheatre.org. Advance purchase is highly recommended.

About Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre promotes the theatre arts in Hoboken and Hudson County, New Jersey, under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, who founded the theatre in 2003. It first established itself as a company that produces exciting open-air productions, including a modern take on Shakespeare set against the backdrop of the Hudson River waterfront in Hoboken. In addition to staging 7th Inning Stretch and other original plays, and presenting full-scale productions for adults and children’s theatre, Mile Square Theatre runs a youth drama camp and summer intern program.

For inquires, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

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