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Rounding Third
Rounding Third
"Hilarious." —Variety

"How could we not produce Rounding Third? This play reflects the passions, the joy and the pain that fills the heart of any person who has ever loved a child who was competing for anything, from sports to spelling bees to talent shows." —San Jose Repertory Theatre

"[Dresser] has made those characters juicy enough to enable any number of talented, well-matched actors to hit a home run." —Curtain Up

"Every time something serious Don or Michael says threatens to take the play into a touching emotional space, it is immediately defused with a brilliantly funny punchline. It isn't unusual for a play to switch from comedy to drama and back again, but Dresser's script is uncommonly good at switching back to comedy so quickly and effectively." —

"'Rounding Third introduces us to two coaches — one a veteran, the other a new recruit — and their markedly different personal circumstances and philosophies about the game,' according to production notes. Their clash of styles and wills drives this funny, acerbic and touching play through the bumpy terrain of fatherhood and baseball." —Playbill

"As a writer, Dresser embodies the ability to channel the voices of real people. You will recognize your neighbor, your brother, and maybe yourself." —
By Richard Dresser.

Cast: 2m. ROUNDING THIRD is the tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game. The audience is the stand-in for the team, so the coaches speak directly to the audience about competition, character, punctuality, and the importance of wearing the right equipment.

Don is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher. Michael is a newcomer both to the town and to baseball. He's a corporate executive who agrees to be Don's assistant because he wants a special activity with his son, who's never played baseball before.

Despite their differences, Michael and Don form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of the team. And over the course of exhilarating victories, heartbreaking defeats, and interminable rain-outs, the two men battle over how to lead the team.

Michael believes that the job of the coaches is to shield the kids from the intense pressure of competition while making sure everyone has a good time. Don thinks they should be teaching the kids how to win. Out of these conflicting philosophies, the real issues of the play emerge: how should we raise our children? Since we live in such a ferociously competitive society, do we protect our children as long as possible? Or do we prepare them to be tough enough to win? And what does it mean to be an American man?

By the end of the play, Don's personal life has come crashing down around him and he's forced to see both his son and the team in a different light. And Michael must confront an unfamiliar but powerful sensation: he really wants to win. Unit set. Two acts. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  R73
Cast Size:  2
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  65
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583422277
Publication Date: 07/29/2004
Richard Dresser's plays have appeared in New York, regional theatre and Europe. They include the widely produced Rounding Third (which was recently made into a film starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt) and Below the Belt (which was filmed as Human Error). A number of his plays started at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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