REVIEWS

“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.

   The 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. The play 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.

    The cast plans to tour the play in southern New England once the virus runs its course in the region. Check back later this summer to see if we are any closer to the day when that tour can begin.

NOTICE
(Posted March 14, 2020)
   Concern about the coronavirus, and the discovery by area medical officials that it has likely reached Springfield, Mass., has forced the Majestic Theater in West Springfield to close its doors temporarily and to end its five-week, world premiere run of THE PITCH after thirteen performances.
   Once the virus has run its course and people are willing to return to live theater, THE PITCH will be back, hopefully at the Majestic to finish its run. After that, it will be going out on tour.
   June, 2020 – Danny Eaton, the producing director of the Majestic Theater, has announced a plan to reopen the theater and resume performances of  THE PITCH in January.
   "Based upon the information we have gathered, we are basing our plan on optimistically being able to reopen and resume performances at the Majestic Theater in January 2021. The good news is that we are going to pickup where we left off. The show must go on!" he said.

   "We will startup again with performances of THE PITCH for the three weeks that we had to cancel. 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. All current ticketholders for THE PITCH—even those that thankfully donated their tickets to us so that they could watch the online video of the production—will be able to see THE PITCH on a different date in January for the same seats and day of the week as their original tickets."

 

 

The set for THE PITCH at the Majestic Theater

Stan Freeman, the playwright of  THE PITCH, talks about how the play originated.

John Haag, left, who plays the retired sportswriter, and R. Steve Pierce, who plays the pitcher, during a scene from THE PITCH.
Julian Findlay, left, who plays the younger sportswriter, and John Haag, who plays the retired sportswriter, during a scene from THE PITCH.