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The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
"Rebecca Gilman's The Sweetest Swing In Baseball Gets a Home Run." —www.talkinbroadway.com

"A highly intelligent play… a robustness in Gilman's satirical humour." —Independent

"Resonates with ideas about art, identity and being who you want to be." —Sunday Express

"[Gilman is] dealing with how we define one another, measure success and failure, raise celebrities up and tear them down, and create different personas to cope with all the craziness of having a public identity. The parallels the playwright draws between the artist and baseball player are always smart and amusing. You might be tempted to leave the theater chanting 'Gil-man! Gil-man!'" —Boston Globe
By Rebecca Gilman.

Cast: 2m., 3w. (with doubling.) "In The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, an artist named Dana Fielding is suffering from a slump in both her career and her personal life. After a disastrous gallery showing, her paranoia and depression send her boyfriend packing. When Fielding attempts suicide, she lands in a mental ward and finds she enjoys the structure of the days. But when she learns her health insurance will pay for only a 10-day stay, she cooks up a scheme with two fellow patients to fool the doctors into believing she's psychotic. Without knowing much about him, she takes on the personality of troubled baseball star Darryl Strawberry. Known for having the 'sweetest swing in baseball,' Strawberry also struggled with … the darker side of fame, including rejection by fans and the effort to make a comeback … When Dana chats with fellow patients Michael, an alcoholic, and Gary, a stalker, the dialogue here is hilarious as Dana instructs a would-be killer on drawing negative space and the two men coach her on Strawberry's stats." (The Boston Herald) Commissioned by The Royal Court Theatre. Multiple locations, minimally staged. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  SM2
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  70
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Categories
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423850
Publication Date: 12/01/2006
Biographies
Rebecca Gilman's plays include Luna Gale; Spinning Into Butter; Boy Gets Girl; The Crowd You're in With; Dollhouse; A True History of the Johnstown Flood; The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; Blue Surge; Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 and The Glory of Living. Her plays have been produced by (among others) the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* 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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