PlayMakers artistic director David Hammond stages the Simon Bent script about baseball, the diminutive title character, Christianity and mortality. The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain staged the first production in 2002. Performances play Oct. 15-Nov. 9.
The new five-show season also includes the American premiere of Nick Stafford's Luminosity, previously seen in a staging by Royal Shakespeare Company, April 7-May 2, 2004. Hammond again directs.
"Set simultaneously in three different centuries in England and South Africa, this powerful love story depicts the evolution of a family that has amassed a fortune in the diamond trade," according to the season announcement.
PlayMakers will also stage Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice, the 1915 play about the liberation of sisters from under the thumb of their bootmaker father, Nov. 26-Dec. 21 (Blake Robison directs); Shakespeare's King Lear, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, Jan. 14-Feb. 8, 2004; Frank D. Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses, about a family readjusting in the aftermath of war, directed by Drew Barr, Feb. 28-March 21, 2004.
Season subscriptions are on sale now, priced from $45 - $136. The company is entering its 28th season. According to the company's website, "The name 'PlayMakers' continues the proud tradition of the Carolina PlayMakers, a campus based theatre group that originated in 1918. Founded by Frederick Koch, the Carolina PlayMakers became a nationally recognized ensemble with the purpose of developing new playwriting talent. The company played an important role in the development of American folk drama and provided a training ground for generations of theatre artists."
For ticket information, call (919) 962-PLAY or visit www.unc.edu/depts/drama/playmakers.