Dresser's Rounding Third, Tale of Little League Dads, Expected to Slide Into NYC Premiere

News   Dresser's Rounding Third, Tale of Little League Dads, Expected to Slide Into NYC Premiere Producer Eric Krebs has plans to produce the New York premiere of Richard Dresser's Rounding Third, the two-actor comedy about contentious Little League fathers, seen regionally.

The play premiered in fall 2002 at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL, featuring George Wendt and Matthew Arkin, and has since played resident runs at the Laguna Playhouse and San Jose Rep. Its next major staging is directed by David Petrarca (A Year With Frog and Toad) June 1-July 13 for San Diego's Old Globe Theatre (playing the Cassius Carter Centre Stage) featuring Tom McGowan (Broadway's La Bete, Off-Broadway The Food Chain) and Jeffrey Hutchinson (the respected regional actor who has worked throughout North America, including Canada's Stratford Festival).

Krebs, whose producing 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 many other works, told Playbill On-Line he is aiming a New York staging of Rounding Third at an Off Broadway house.

If the details are worked out, the play will be seen before the end of the current baseball season. No cast or creative team details are ready to be announced, he said.

Rounding Third was inspired by playwright Dresser's own coaching experiences. According to Old Globe production notes, "This quirky comedy teams up two mismatched men to coach a Little League baseball team. Don is a win-at-all-costs veteran whose son is the star pitcher; Michael is the wide-eyed newcomer who just wants the kids to have fun. It all comes to a head as they cajole their struggling young team into the playoffs, while battling their own personal demons."

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.