7th Inning Stretch!

3/10/2008 Reminder: This Saturday!

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7 Plays About Baseball To Steal Your Heart

Mile Square Theatre’s production of its annual fundraiser 7th Inning Stretch: All-Star Edition features a selection of seven 10-minute plays from some of America’s finest, award-winning playwrights. They were specially selected from over 30 baseball plays that have been commissioned by Mile Square Theatre over the last 5 years.

7th Inning Stretch: All-Star Edition will honor Lee Blessing for his outstanding contribution to the American theatre. A special wine reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $25; $15 for students and seniors. Call 201.216.8937, email boxoffice@debaun.org, or visit www.milesquaretheatre.org to purchase tickets.

Read all about “the starting lineup” after the jump…

(7th Inning Stretch, continued…)

And now…The Starting Lineup:

Fantasy League by Lee Blessing

Ever wonder how your team would do, if you could put all the best players together on one team? One man does much to the chagrin of his wife who has another type of fantasy league in mind.

Lee Blessing has written over thirty plays, including A Walk in the Woods, Going to St. Ives, A Body of Water, Two Rooms, Eleemosynary, Cobb and Thief River. His plays, performed worldwide, have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and Tony and Olivier Awards and have earned Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, L.A. Critics Association and Drama-Logue Awards among others. His TNT movie Cooperstown, won the Humanitas Award. Blessing has also written for series television and for film. A New York resident, he currently heads the Graduate Playwriting Program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and is married to playwright Melanie Marnich.

Foul Territory by Craig Wright

Getting whacked by a baseball may not be your idea of fun, but in this hilarious comedy, as it’s all part of what life throws at us.

Craig Wright’s plays include The Pavilion (Rattlestick Theater—2005-2006 Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Play, City Theatre, Florida Stage, Stages Rep), Main Street (Great American History Theatre), Orange Flower Water (The Edge Theatre, CATF, the Jungle, Steppenwolf), Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth) Molly’s Delicious (Arden Theatre, Arizona Theater Company), Melissa Arctic (Folger Theatre—Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play), Grace (Woolly Mammoth—Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding New Play, Northlight Theatre, Furious Theater- LA Drama Critics Award for Best Play), Lady (Northlight—2007 Jeff Award nomination for Best New Play, upcoming Stages Rep and Asolo Theater) and The Unseen (Actors Theatre of Louisville, upcoming Stages Rep). His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts Inc., Dramatic Publishing, Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. He is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a M.Div. degree from United Theological Seminary. He has written for numerous television shows including Six Feet Under (Emmy nomination) and is the creator of the ABC series Dirty Sexy Money. Upcoming: Better Late, co-authored with Larry Gelbart (Emmy and Tony Award-winning author of M.A.S.H. and City of Angels) and starring John Mahoney at the Northlight Theater this spring.

Love of the Game by Warren Leight

An aggressive, fastball-throwing major leaguer reluctantly pitches the idea of non-violence to his son.

Warren Leight is executive producer and head writer of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. His play Side Man won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play, and was 1999 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. No Foreigners Beyond This Point was produced by the Ma-Yi Theatre and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2005. His new play Home Front will be produced later this year. Other plays include Fame Takes a Holiday, Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine, The Loop, and the book to the musical Mayor. Dark, No Sugar, his new collection of one-act plays will be published by DPS this year. Stray Cats, his collection of monologues is also published by DPS. Mr. Leight is an enthusiastic supporter of the 24-hour play festival and has contributed a number of one-acts to the cause. Warren also wrote and directed The Night We Never Met, co-wrote the documentary Before the Nickelodeon (New York Film Festival) and has authored many screenplays, including Dear God.

Striking Out the Babe by Charlie Peters

Pitching for the Cubs in the 1932 World Series isn’t easy, but at least you have diehard fans. Or do you? Watch what happens when two promises to save a dying child collide.

Charlie Peters is a screenwriter and playwright and has had plays produced at La Mama ETC, The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, the Edinburgh Festival, Playwrights Horizons and other venues. Films include Music From Another Room (Jude Law, Gretchen Mol), Kiss Me Goodbye (Sally Field, Jeff Bridges, James Caan) and Blame it on Rio. He lives in New England.

Asphalt Green by Rogelio Martinez

God may have created baseball and its holy “3 strikes you’re out” trilogy, but He sure didn’t create enough space for the game in the city – or did He?

Rogelio Martinez’s play, Learning Curve, which was produced at the Beckett Theater in 2005, was published in May 2006 by Smith and Krauss in the anthology, New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2005. His play Displaced, which was commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum, had a world premiere in May 2006 at the Marin Theatre Company. Mr. Martinez’s play Fizz received a workshop this past September in New York at the Ohio Theater. His play, My First Radical, was workshopped last summer at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Union City, New Jersey, Where Are You?, was produced by Ensemble Studio Theater as part of the 25th Annual Marathon of One Act Plays starring Rosie Perez. I Regret She’s Made Of Sugar was originally commissioned by South Coast Repertory and is the recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace award. In the fall of 2002, Mr. Martinez appeared on the cover of American Theater magazine where he was profiled as a playwright to watch. Two years ago, he won a prestigious NEA/TCG Theater Residency Grant. He is also the recipient of a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and he is an alumnus of New Dramatists.
In addition, his work has been developed and presented at the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theater Club, Primary States (Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group), South Coast Repertory (Pacific Playwrights Project and the Hispanic Playwrights Project), and the Magic Theater. Rogelio was recently commissioned by the Atlantic Theater Company and Primary Stages to write a new play and he received a Sloane Commission from the Denver Center for the Arts. A graduate of Syracuse University and Columbia University School of the Arts, Mr. Martinez is also a teacher who works with writers both at the City College of New York and the Lincoln Center Open Stages program.

The Save by Dano Madden

Baseball is just a game, right? For one lost soul who was ready to strike out, it became a whole lot more than that.
Dano Madden was recently named by The Dramatist as “One of 50 playwrights to watch.” Plays: In the Sawtooths, winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award; Beautiful American Soldier received second place in the University of Tulsa’s 2007 Plays for Women contest; The Wealthy Life of Sam Tyler (Stanford University Playwright’s Workshop); The Save (Mile Square Theatre); The Raccoon (Idaho Theatre for Youth); The New (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Drop (SAMUEL FRENCH, Inc), winner of the Kennedy Center’s 1997 National Short-Play Award. MFA in playwriting, Rutgers University.

A Little Chatter by Ellen Margolis

At this Hoboken Little League game, the first base coach has faced lots of coaching challenges, but none like figuring out how to get this one mother’s heart into the game.

Ellen Margolis lives in Portland, Oregon, where she serves as Director of Theatre at Pacific University. Her plays include How to Draw Mystical Creatures (2004 NY International Fringe Festival Award in Playwriting), Picking Up the Baby, Late, American Soil, and Snapping. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the International Center for Women Playwrights, and Portland Center Stage’s professional playwrights circle. Excerpts from Ellen’s plays can be seen in the Audition Arsenal series, published by Smith & Kraus, and she is editor of Singular Voices, a book of monologues from the International Centre for Women Playwrights. She is currently at work on a new play, When It Stands Still, in collaboration with New York’s Toy Box Theatre. She also works as a director, dialect coach, and voiceover artist.

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This is a wonderful event that any theatre lover shouldn’t miss. (Full disclosure: I’m involved with MST.) The plays are fully staged and written by top writers. Actors work in film, TV, Broadway, and regional theatres. A very entertaining 90 minutes or so of short plays, followed by a reception with free wine and food. A bargain at $25!


Let’s see…something that combines the desperation of local theater groups with the mind-numbing terror of baseball-but-without-the-beer?

Count me in!