MUSCATINE,Iowa–Baseball fans and theatre patrons alike have had a tough two years. Between the baseball lockout and the COVID-19 pandemic limiting opportunities for people to see live games or live shows, many feel eager to return to stadiums and theatres to enjoy some high-quality live entertainment. This spring, the Pearl City Players hope to combine the best aspects of a day at a baseball game and a night at a show in their upcoming production of “Bleacher Bums.” A modern comedy centered around the Chicago Cubs and the colorful fans that inhabit Wrigley Field, the play will give the audience a reminder of all the live fun they can once again partake of.
Director Cassidy Probosco has always considered baseball a big part of her life. When selecting a show to perform in spring of 2020, she felt like “Bleacher Bums” provided a great fit. “My husband played college baseball and we’ve always been a baseball family, and I wanted to marry those two interests together,” she explained.
Though the pandemic and the birth of Probosco’s daughter put the show on hold for two-years, the members of Pearl City Players and Probosco felt the show would still resonate with audiences, and in fact, might prove even more relevant in light of recent events. “For me, the meaning of the show has changed because of COVID,” said Probosco. “I feel it reminds people to go back out and to go to live events.”
Set at Wrigley Field in the summer of 1999, “Bleacher Bums,” offers a slice of life look at the fans in the stands, specifically those in the right field bleachers. From a sunbather who could not care less about the game, to a die-hard fan that comes to the games even though he suffers from blindness and must listen to the play-by-play on the radio, to the gamblers who bet on every aspect of the game whether they love the Cubs or not, “Bleacher Bums” brings together an unlikely bunch and tells their stories with a whole lot of humor. Probosco shared: “The show is just so funny. It’s hard to say that after seeing the show one million times, but the cast just keeps finding new ways to make me laugh!”
To fully immerse the audience in the performance, the Pearl City Players have set up their space to mimic a ballpark. Instead of requesting patrons stay seated except during intermissions, the cast welcomes people to get up to get concessions, including beer and snacks, at any point during the show.
The Pearl City Players will perform “Bleacher Bums” April 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and April 3 at 2 p.m. at the River’s Edge Event Loft, located in downtown Muscatine at 129 West Second Street. Anyone wanting a piece of the uproarious baseball action may purchase tickets in advance for $15 apiece at Boonies (214 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine), Headquarters (2108 Grandview Avenue, Muscatine), and Pack-N-Ship (2506 Park Avenue, Suite C, Muscatine), or by emailing Pearl City Players. People may also purchase tickets at the door as well.
A night of summerlike fun, Probosco invites everyone interested to come together in the show’s spirit of, “being present and connecting with the people around you at live events.”