Plays and Players Interviews

March 6, 2010 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Plays and Players Theater

This will cover both TAKE ME OUT and Peanuts and Cracker Jacks Festival. We will need two hosts and photography if available.

TAKE ME OUT By: Richard Greenberg

In this Tony Award Winner for Best Play, America’s National Pastime is forever altered as Darren Lemmings, star of the New York Empires, comes out of the closet to his team, his friends, and to the public at large. As his deeply racist and homophobic teammate, Shane Mungitt, grows incensed by the news, Darren’s gay financial manager, Mason Marzac, finds a new hero, and the other players see their locker room in a whole new light, the only person who seems unaffected is Darren himself. The drama of the season unfolds on and off the field, and in the end we are left with one question: “what will we do till spring?”

Playing on the Plays & Players Mainstage, March 11-27
Directed by: Daniel Student
Starring: Chuck DeLong, Bill Egan, Sam Han, Gerard Joseph, Joe Matyas, David Mason, Ted Powell, Jerry Rudasill, Dan Sanchez, Ryan Walter, and Peter Zielinski

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks – New Play Festival
* March 12 at 10:30pm
* March 19 at 10:30pm
* March 20 at 10:30pm

1992 by David White
Todd’s glory days playing baseball are well behind him. He is to begin his prison sentence today, and is saying goodbye to his wife. Poor Ida. She’s gonna miss him. How is she going to cope? David White’s play, An Imperfect Sonnet, was produced in 2008 by The Cardboard Box Collaborative. His play, Simulations, was part of Plays and Players’ First Friday New Reading Series. He is currently working on his MFA in playwriting at Temple University.

The Craving by Joy Cutler
Iris is pregnant and her husband, Denny is excessively attentive to her needs and bizarre cravings. So why is she so annoyed with him? He’s not the same man she used to know and love. Something happened to Denny during a baseball game and he changed beyond recognition. What should have been a easy catch became a life-altering event and Iris is now forced to take drastic measures to get her real husband back. Joy Cutler was a member of the performance ensemble, Elbow Akimbo in San Francisco and a co-founder of the theater company, Out to Lunch in Berlin, Germany. Her plays, radio plays and solo shows have been performed in San Francisco, New York, Berlin, and Amsterdam.

Curveball by Daniel Student
Three generations round life’s bases with wisdom from unexpected sources at every turn. Innovatively using puppets and new media, Curveball mixes old and new to tell a timeless story of America’s pastime. Daniel Student’s play Alabama Alabama was selected to the 2009 Spark Showcase. He is a freelance director and serves on the Executive Committee at Plays & Players for who he has directed Take Me Out, Oleanna, and the World Premiere of Early in the Mourning by P. Seth Bauer over the past two seasons.