EASLEY — The “B” side for Easley’s Foothills Playhouse continues this weekend as Bleacher Bums opens May 13, bringing humor and baseball to the stage.
The play was originally conceived by Joe Montegna and has over the years been tweaked to reflect the change in lineups for the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball and while that may be true for the line-ups, the fans have remained the same: steady and always Cubs fans.
Set in the outfield bleachers of Wrigley Field — hence the name since those who sit in the outfield at Wrigley are referred to as bleacher bums — the play is a lighthearted romp through nine innings of a Cubs/Cardinals game.
The participants, everything from an overzealous cheerleader with blackmail material to a business man who is there to enjoy the game and gamble a little money, all bring a different perspective on the Cubs, the game, and most assuredly the bets placed on anything from who will score to the attendance figures.
Witty, and sometimes biting sarcasm plays throughout the dialogue as the game unfolds before them. Whether it s the game on the field, the girl in the stands, issues with security, or home run balls, the play flows easily from one out to the next and from story line to story line and in the end reveals the rue nature of the true fan and friend.
A scorekeeper who never knows what happened and a “pseudo” announcer in the bleachers — who just happens to be blind — add to the wide cast of characters and the humor each brings to the story.
Bleacher Bums will run May 13, May 14 and May 15 with shows at 8 p.m. May 13 and May 14 and one matinee with a 3 p.m. curtain call May 15. As the production is a one weekend presentation and part of Foothills’ ‘B’ side productions, tickets are $5. The production does include adult language and situations.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.