Extra Innings: 10 Short Plays About Baseball
by D.S. Burrows, Rand Higbee, Greg Lam, Mildred Lewis, Tom Moran, Dominica Plummer, Adam Seidel, Bryan Stubbles, Ron West, and Philip Middleton Williams
Baseball is our national pastime, so why should the fun stop when the season does? When the weather gets too rough to play outside, head to your favorite theatre to enjoy an evening of short comedies and dramas all about the game. In Extra Innings, ten playwrights celebrate what baseball means to them and their characters. From a comedy about a marriage proposal hinging on the fate of the final score; or a drama about bittersweet memories of listening to games on the radio; or even a hilarious and poignant introduction to Little League — these plays— and more —will tug at your heartstrings, and make you laugh out loud. But above all, they’ll remind you that nothing—nothing—gets in the way of the game and your favorite team! Play ball!
- Cast Size: Flexible Casting
- Running Time: Variable
- Royalty Rate: $75 for the whole evening, $15 for individual Plays
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About the Playwrights
D. S. BURROWS (Dirk) is a NYC based playwright originally from the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop (ages ago! Lol!), where he won the Nicholas Meyer Playwriting Award; Most recently he has had award winning productions of his plays Poly Amorous, Slip, Valentine, Bobble Head, Catch and Release, Type, Girl Scout Cookies, Jab, Punch, Pistols, Fire, Collapse, Ring, Fuse, and En Passant. He has worked with The Playwright’s Group under Richard Caliban, is a proud member of P.A.G.E.S. workshop, and is a co-founder and director of Saturdays in the Park Readings. He directs the Plays and Pizza Festival. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild. https://newplayexchange.org/user
Originally from South Dakota, Rand Higbee obtained a Theatre degree from South Dakota State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While at UNLV his first full-length play, Sir Isaac’s Duel, was named as an alternate to the National American College Theatre Festival held at the Kennedy Center.
Since college days Rand has become known for his family friendly comedies. Next Stage Press has published his superhero play The Lightning Bug and his sitcom/apocalypse play At Home With The Clarks. Next to be released will be The Feral Child, a play for all cat lovers. Rand currently lives in Yachats, Oregon, and of course is a fan of the Minnesota Twins.
Greg Lam is a playwright who lives in the Boston area. He grew up in the Boston area as a Red Sox fan while Yankees fans chanted “1918! 1918!” as a taunt about the Sox’s near century long inability to win the title. And now… the Red Sox are terrible and the Yankees are great again. But at least he’s seen four Red Sox World Series titles in the meanwhile.
Mildred Inez Lewis writes and directs for theatre, film, and new media. A Dramatists Guild member, she writes with the Antaeus, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles, PlayGround-LA, and Towne Street Theatres.
Mildred was a finalist for the 2022 Samuel French OOB Festival with WE JUMP BROOM which also won the Dennis Gromelski award from Albuquerque’s Fusion Theatre and appeared in the Best of PlayGround reading series.
She is currently completing a commission for A Different Myth, an adaptation of Sophocles’ Electra.
Tom Moran’s plays have been produced in 19 states and four foreign countries, and his short plays “Duo” and “Breakout” have been published by Smith & Kraus. He holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he was the first student to focus on playwriting. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he spends inordinate amounts of time on bicycles. Find out more at www.moran-plays.com.
Dominica Plummer is a dramaturg, playwright and theatre critic, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Her plays have been presented in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and can be found on NPX: the National New Play Network New Play Exchange at
Dominica is also a lead theatre reviewer for London theatre at thespyinthestalls.com
Adam Seidel is a Milwaukee-born playwright. His produced full-length works include CATCH THE BUTCHER (Panndora Productions, Cherry Lane Theatre NYT Critic’s Pick, Illysia Volanakis, Athens GR), OTHER PEOPLE’S HAPPINESS (Playhouse on the Square, Memphis), WILLISTON (Miranda Theatre Company feat Robert LuPone, Detroit Repertory Theater), ORIGINAL SOUND (Cherry Lane Theatre — Theatre Mania Editor’s Pick) and AMERICAN OUTLAWS (St. Louis Actor’s Theatre, 59E59). Adam’s plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc, Smith and Kraus, Next Stage Press and Applause Books.
Bryan Stubbles is a playwright, blogger, translator and short story writer. He’s hard at work on a novel. You can follow him on Twitter @BStubbles
RON WEST wrote The People Vs. Friar Laurence with Phil Swann. It is a musical version of the Romeo and Juliet story. With Swann he has also written deLEARious and Neil Simon’s Musical Fools. He has directed Twisit Your Dickens, a version of A Christmas Carol, in Portland and Chicago, often taking on the role of Scrooge himself. Currently, he is teaching for The Second City and directing the weekly live topical sketch show This Week This Week. He roots for Cleveland. He is married to the playwright Catherine Butterfield and often directs her work.
Philip Middleton Williams has written over sixty plays ranging from one-minute to full-length. “A Moment of Clarity” and “A Life Enriching Community” were finalists in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. “All Together Now” won first place in the 2016 Playgroup playwriting contest and was produced as part of the Willow Theatre 2017-2018 season and is published by Next Stage Press. “Can’t Live Without You” was his first play to receive an off-off Broadway production in January 2008 and was produced by The Playgroup for their 2018-2019 season at The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. “Can’t Live Without You” is published by Next Stage Press, and three monologues from the play are included in The Best Men’s Monologues for 2019. “Dark Twist” and “The Sugar Ridge Rag” are also published by Next Stage Press. “Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Café” has been selected for inclusion in the Smith & Kraus anthology The Ten Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2022. “A Life Enriching Community” is published and licensed through Senior Theatre Resources.
His work has been seen in the South Florida One-Minute Play Festivals, the Midwest Dramatist Conference, the William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Labs, Bartell Theatre of Madison, Wisconsin, Odenbear Theatre of Taos, New Mexico, Theatre Roulette of Columbus, Ohio, the Short+Sweet Festival of Sydney, Australia, the Valdez Theatre Conference of Alaska, Vermont Pride Theater, Silver Tongued Stages of Miami, Seaside Players of Lauderdale by the Sea, Theatre Arts Productions of Palm Beach, Open Eye Theater of Margaretville, New York, Bendigo Theatre Company of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, and LAB Theater Project of Tampa.
He has a B.F.A. in drama from the University of Miami, an M.F.A. in theatre from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a PhD in playwriting and dramatic criticism from the University of Colorado. In 1992 he was appointed to the national advisory board of the William Inge Theatre Festival. He has written numerous articles on the works of William Inge and Lanford Wilson and contributed to The Facts on File Companion to American Drama edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Mary C. Hartig. His doctoral thesis, “A Comfortable House – Lanford Wilson, Marshall W. Mason and the Circle Repertory Theatre,” was published by McFarland and Company in 1993. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
No matter how you appreciate baseball–playing it, watching it, listening to it on radio, or just tossing a ball around in the back yard–you’re sure to enjoy these ten very different variations on the theme of our National Pastime. It’s a perfect complement to watching playoffs or the world series or a great way to touch base during the off season. Get some peanuts or Cracker Jacks and dig in.
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