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Principals of the Production
John Haag* (Roger Pennell, the retired sportswriter) has extensive acting experience in New York, regional theater and touring companies. His roles have included Robert in Proof, Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Andrew Wyke in Sleuth, the emperor in The Emperor’s Nightingale, King Henry II in Lion in Winter and Macbeth in Macbeth. He has also narrated more than 200 audiobooks. John holds an MFA from Brooklyn College.
Julian Findlay* (Mike Resnick, the young sportswriter) trained and performed over six seasons at Shakespeare & Company. He has performed in over forty plays for Commonwealth Shakespeare, the Silverthorne Theater, the Majestic Theater, among others. A graduate of Harvard, he is the founder and artistic director of Shakespeare Stage and was the theater director of Stoneleigh-Burnham, an all-girls prep school in Western Massachusetts. Julian is also a hiphop artist whose work can be found on all streaming platforms.
Dennis Lee (voice of the baseball announcer) was a longtime radio personality in western Massachusetts. He began his career doing play-by-play for semi-pro ice hockey in New Hampshire. He was a lifelong Yankee fan until they fired famed TV announcer Mel Allen. The next day, he switched his allegiance to the Red Sox.
Stan Freeman (playwright) was a newspaper reporter for nearly thirty years until retiring in 2010. His articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, New Orleans Times-Picayune and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. For many years, he was the science and environmental writer for the Springfield Union-News and Sunday Republican of Massachusetts. He also studied fiction writing in the MFA program at University of Massachusetts.
Danny Eaton (director) is the founder and producing director of the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Mass. He has been presenting plays at the theater since 1997 and gave The Pitch its first production, directing it there as well. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he graduated from Amherst College and went on to earn a Master’s degree in playwriting from Wesleyan University. His plays have been seen in New York and Chicago as well as at the Majestic. He is a member of both the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
* Member of Actors' Equity Association
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