"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.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code SM2000
- Cast Size 5
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 105 min
- Target Audience College and Adult
- Performing Group College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583423851
- "When we did a reading of the play for possible production, the students demanded that we produce it. The play, while serious in subject matter, is humorous and entertaining."
- Review by Michael L. Counts, Lyon College, Batesville, Ark.
Media Reviews"[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
"A highly intelligent play… a robustness in Gilman's satirical humour." -Independent
"Rebecca Gilman's The Sweetest Swing In Baseball Gets a Home Run." -Talkin' Broadway
"Resonates with ideas about art, identity and being who you want to be." -Sunday Express
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