“The Lone Star League,” a play penned by veteran Cumberland playwright James Ralston, who also wrote the dark and witty “Thirty Folds to the Moon,” will premiere Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Frostburg State University Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. The play is a highlight of the national baseball conference, Baseball Forever: Mirror of American Life, being held at FSU that same week.
The play, which is set in a border town in Texas and focuses on a dying minor league baseball team, is also be performed Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 and 8 p.m.
Exploring the contemporary issues in modern-day baseball, the storyline centers on the dilemma facing a rising young star from Mexico. He is torn between his love for his native country and the lure of the major leagues in the North. Tempted by the glitter, fame and fortune that scouts and his agent are offering him, the protagonist gets unexpected advice from a female sportswriter, who has been demoted to the dusty town as a result of her exposé of steroid use in the major leagues.
The female writer will be portrayed by Gabriella Klein, an accomplished actress from Vancouver, Canada, who has been in other area theater productions, including her one-woman show, “Murdering Cinderella.”
The rest of the cast includes Ralston, who will play the weathered team manager; Jay Atkinson as Jack Dogg, a washed-up major leaguer at 36; with Miguel Dilicuarda portraying the young rising Mexican star; and Larry Myers as the wily agent.
“The Lone Star League” is directed by David Press, former FSU drama director and equity actor, and produced by John Wiseman, who also is the director of the conference.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased at the conference area at the Lane University Center and before each performance at the Performing Arts Center.
The production is made possible with the financial support of Dr. Steve Simpson, FSU provost, the Allegany Arts Council, the FSU Student Association and several individual contributions from local patrons of the arts.
For further information, visit the conference Web site at www.baseballforever.org or contact Wiseman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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