“All that you could ask for ... A nicely twisting tale of fate and baseball.”
Patrick White, Nippertown
“The performances are terrific ... A well-crafted storyline ... a nice mix of comedy and drama.”
Mark Auerbach, Arts Beat Radio
“Very good ... As crisp and tantalizing as a backdoor slider.”
Chris Rohmann, The Valley Advocate
A retired sportswriter reluctantly agrees to collaborate with a young sportswriter on a biography of a boyhood friend of the older writer who recently died. The friend is an obscure baseball pitcher who threw only one pitch in the major leagues for the New York Yankees nearly fifty years earlier before he was lifted from the game and sent back to the minors. But it soon becomes evident there’s a secret at the heart of the pitcher’s story – one the older writer fiercely intends to protect.
This character-driven play, written by Stan Freeman, is about far more than baseball, though. Its true focus is dreams and generational differences, as well as life choices and their consequences.
THE PITCH had its world premiere at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Mass., on Feb. 27, 2020. It was supposed to run until April 5, but the sudden rise of the coronavirus in the region cut the run short. The last performance was on March 13.
However, with the pandemic winding down, the play will complete its run at the Majestic, restarting Aug. 8, 2021, and ending Aug. 28.
"The show must go on!" said Danny Eaton, the producing director of the Majestic Theater. "The set for THE PITCH is still on the Majestic stage, and all of the actors are anxiously waiting for the lights to come up again."
After the play ends its run in West Springfield, the playwright and cast plan to take the play on tour in the Northeast. Check back later this summer for details of those plans.