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'Bleacher Bums' comedy at Forest Park Feb. 21-24

February 20, 2013

Cutline: Left to right, top row -  Jaz Tucker “Decker”; Jeremy Connors “Greg”; DeJuan Baskin “Zig”; Andrew Topping “Marvin”
Left to right, bottom row - Gregory Clark “Richie” and Lapage Davis “Melody.”

Take me out to the ballgame! Why wait until spring for a baseball fix? “Bleacher Bums,” an ensemble nine-inning comedy that takes place in Wrigley Field one hot summer afternoon, will be performed Feb. 21-24, in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave. Admission is free and open to the public.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

Director Alex Saccavino said characters include a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game on transistor radio, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other denizens of the bleachers.

The light-hearted play was conceived by Joe Mantegna and written by the Organic Theatre Company in 1977, and depicts an array of legendary loyal Cubs fans over the course of nine innings. At its core is a sense of community and shared experience as the faithful fans act as a family coming together to root, argue, and care about each other.

As the game proceeds against the Cubs’ arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals, the fans bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty, and occasionally watch the action on the field. The Cubs inevitably blow it in the ninth and the villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs, cleans up. The bleacher bums remain undaunted, however, and will be back tomorrow to root for their home team.

“St. Louis has often been described as one of the great baseball cities in the country, and ‘Bleacher Bums’ extends that passion to the stage. It is an ideal comedy for a city that is often ‘baseball crazy’ itself,” Saccavino said.

The play is intended for mature audiences. For more information, call the Communications Department at 314-644-9381 or Saccavino at 314-644-9381