Arkin Is Baseball Dad in Off-Bway's Rounding Third, Up to Bat Sept. 13

News   Arkin Is Baseball Dad in Off-Bway's Rounding Third, Up to Bat Sept. 13 Matthew Arkin, who appeared in the Chicago-area world premiere of Richard Dresser's Rounding Third, a tale of Little League dads, will star in the comedy's Off Broadway debut, starting Sept. 13 at the John Houseman Theatre.

John Rando, Tony Award-winning director of Urinetown, will stage the production, opening Oct. 7. Eric Krebs produces. Arkin's castmate has yet to be announced.

"Rounding Third introduces us to two coaches — one a veteran, the other a new recruit — and their markedly different personal circumstances and philosophies about the game," according to the production announcement. "Their clash of styles and wills drives this funny, acerbic and touching play through the bumpy terrain of fatherhood and baseball."

Rounding Third was inspired by playwright Dresser's own coaching experiences. Dresser's plays include Wonderful World, What Are You Afraid Of?, Below the Belt, The Downside, Alone at the Beach, Better Days, Bait & Switch, Bed & Breakfast and Splitsville.

The play premiered in fall 2002 at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL, featuring George Wendt and Arkin. It has since played productions at Laguna Playhouse, San Jose Rep and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre (with Tom McGowan and Jeffrey Hutchinson).

Rando's directorial credits also include Dance of the Vampires, Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, Mere Mortals and Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Krebs' projects have included Broadway's Electra, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and the current Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home, as well as Off Broadway's Little Ham and the current John Houseman Studio blues show, Serenade the World.