by Richard Dresser
Directed by Robert May
May 21 – June 25, 2011
Rounding Third by Richard DresserCome be a little leaguer as Coach Don and Coach Michael (a bit of an Odd Couple) lead you to victory or to, um, enjoyment of the game? A very comical and heart-warming look at baseball and fatherhood and life values.
“This play reflects the passions, the joy and the pain that fills the heart of any person who has ever loved a child who was competing for anything, from sports to spelling bees ….” San Jose Repertory Theatre
Walter Murray (Michael) has performed on stages in San Diego, Los Angeles and New York. He is an associate artist with SledgeHammer Theater and a co-founder of the San Diego Black Ensemble Theater. Walter also has served as a board member of the Actors Alliance of San Diego. Thank you to Drs Stanton, Epston and Levine.
John Nutten (Don) An avid baseball fan – who actually still plays – John received his bachelor’s degree at UCLA’s school of Film, Television and Theatre. He has performed locally in many productions, including Prayer For My Daughter at 6th@Penn, 1776 at Lamb’s Player’s Theatre, Breaking Legs at North Coast Rep, and Twelfth Night with New Village Arts. This is John’s first role with SRT, and his third time working with both Bob May and Walter Murray. In recent years he has focused more on his film and TV career. Credits include, Death Mask, From the Earth to the Moon, Veronica Mars, Goodnight Joseph Parker, and most recently he appeared on Showtime’s The Big C. John would like to thank Bob May for this opportunity, and his wife Charlene for her lifelong support.
Robert May (Director) directed last season’s acclaimed I’m Not Rappaport for SRT, as well as this season’s Painting Churches. He is an SRT board member, the associate artistic director, and the director of the SRT New Play Program. As a director, his credits include the Patté Award-winning A Prayer For My Daughter and the Billie Award-winning Pinter duo Ashes to Ashes and The Lover at 6th@Penn. He also helmed the critically acclaimed An Experiment with an Air Pump for Backyard Productions, and has directed multiple shows for the now-defunct but much loved and missed Fritz Theatre in their Fritz Blitz festivals. Robert earned an MFA from the University of Arizona and a BA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
“Now if you want to see a pair of perfectly matched performances, check out Scripps Ranch Theatre’s “Rounding Third,” Richard Dresser’s delightful and occasionally poignant comedy about diametrically opposed Little League coaches – a blue-collar, killer competitor; and a corporate baseball newbie who thinks the kids should just have fun. As this odd couple butts heads, they learn about friendship, tolerance, parenting and life. Crackling dialogue, outstandingly delivered by John Nutten and Walter Murray, under the astute direction of Robert May. This production totally knocks it outta the park.”
” . . . a home run.” – Pat Launer, Center Stage
“Both actors shine. Nutten takes on the less likable Don and, because of his personal charm and likeability, makes the character vulnerable and appealing. In Murray’s hands and mouth, Michael’s verbal and mental reticence and uncertainty also become assets. “Dresser’s dialogue may be facile, but his understanding of human nature is fathoms deep. The direction of Robert May, a veteran of Little League himself and an admitted “horrible hitter,” is pitch perfect (pun intended).” – Charlene Baldridge, Words Are Not Enough