Batter up! The Pitch, a new baseball drama, will make its Off-Broadway debut in September. Performances begin September 26 ahead of an October 5 opening night, and the show will run until November 14.
The Pitch, a new baseball play by Stan Freeman, will play Off-Broadway at the Jerry Orbach Theater at the Theater Center. The Pitch tickets will be available soon.
The Pitch is a play about an old and a young sportswriter who are writing the biography of Vernon Peters, a fictional baseball pitcher. Peters pitched one major league game with the Yankees in 1973 and then vanished from the public eye. There is a secret hidden in Peters’ short-lived career, and the older sportswriter, who knew Peters in high school, is trying to keep that secret from coming to light.
Danny Eaton will direct a cast that includes John Haag as the veteran writer Roger Pennell, Julian Findlay as the young writer Mike Resnick, Jack Press as Vernon Peters, Kelly Strandemo as Pauline, and Dennis Lee as the voice of the baseball announcer.
Set designer Greg Trochlil, lighting designer Matthew Sells, and costume designer Dawn McKay round out the creative team.
The Pitch premiered in 2020 at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The planned five-week run was interrupted by the pandemic, but the show later played its last performances there in August 2021.