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.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code R73000
- Cast Size 2
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9781583422274
- "Rounding Third is a terrific piece for young adults and their parents. It is thought-provoking and insightful as well as being profoundly funny."
- Review by Steve Braddock, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We couldn't fit a van on our stage so we did the first rain/van scene in the dugout, and [for] the second van scene we shined "headlights" from offstage to give the van effect. This might be helpful to other small theatres."
- Tip by Bryan Halperin, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Laconia, N.H.
Media Reviews"[Dresser] has made those characters juicy enough to enable any number of talented, well-matched actors to hit a home run." -Curtain Up
"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
"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
"As a writer, Dresser embodies the ability to channel the voices of real people. You will recognize your neighbor, your brother, and maybe yourself." -nytheatre.com
"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." -Talkin' Broadway