Batter Up! Moses' Baseball Play, Back Back Back, Opens at The Old Globe Sept. 25

News   Batter Up! Moses' Baseball Play, Back Back Back, Opens at The Old Globe Sept. 25
 
The national pastime gets a pulse-taking by The Old Globe in San Diego with the world premiere of Itamar Moses' Back Back Back, about three baseball players in the age of steroid use. The production opens Sept. 25 after previews from Sept. 19.
Back Back Back's Nick Mills and Brendan Griffin
Back Back Back's Nick Mills and Brendan Griffin Photo by Craig Schwartz

Brendan Griffin, Joaquin Perez-Campbell and Nick Mills are the athletes at the center of the play, which continues to Oct. 26 on the arena stage at the San Diego Museum of Art's James S. Copley Auditorium.

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Moses is a Globe playwright-in-residence. Davis McCallum directs the new play by the author of The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig.

Old Globe calls the play a "funny yet insightful new work about the careers of three major players making their way in the world of professional baseball — a world too competitive to rely only on raw talent. The play examines how each individual deals with the stress of keeping up their stats while balancing their personal and professional lives. Moses…takes audiences inside the locker room to witness how these teammates face each other and do battle — for their careers, their legacies, and the future of America's favorite pastime."

Moses' The Four of Us had its world premiere at the Globe in 2007. It won the San Diego Critics' Circle Best New Play Award. "While still in the early stages of his career, Itamar Moses has clearly demonstrated tremendous talent along with a willingness to tackle complex ideas in his plays," stated Globe executive producer Lou Spisto. "By appointing Itamar as our newest playwright-in-residence, the Globe has been able to give this award-winning writer the space and time to develop his work, and these exciting residencies can assist playwrights in creating important works for theatres across America, while helping the Globe to establish a core group of playwrights who consider the Globe an artistic home base."

The creative team includes Lee Savage (scenic design), Christal Weatherly (costume design), Russell Champa (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design) and Tracy Skoczelas (stage manager).

Back Back Back was recently awarded an Edgerton Foundation 2008 New American Plays Award. The funding supports an extension of the rehearsal period to help achieve a stronger first production, "thereby increasing the chances of a continued life for the plays."

Manhattan Theatre Club will present its own production of Back Back Back starting Oct. 30 at New York City Center Stage II. Daniel Aukin will direct.

McCallum directed The Belle's Stratagem at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Unbound: The Journals of Fanny Kemble at the Prospect Theatre Company, Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of The Turn of the Screw at The Acting Company, Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice at the New York Stage & Film, Cyrano de Bergerac at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Landscape of the Body for NYU's Graduate Acting Program, Twelfth Night for Shenandoah Shakespeare, Noah Haidle's The Dakota Project at HERE, and Chuck Mee's Big Love for Princeton University, where he is a member of the theatre faculty.

Moses' Yellowjackets began a world premiere run Aug. 29 at Berkeley Rep in California.

Tickets are available by calling (619) 23-GLOBE, online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, or by visiting the Globe Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA.

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Also presented at The Old Globe this month is a new production of the comedy The Women by Clare Booth Luce.

Brendan Griffin, Joaquin Perez-Campbell and Nick Mills in <i>Back Back Back</i>
Brendan Griffin, Joaquin Perez-Campbell and Nick Mills in Back Back Back Photo by Craig Schwartz
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