Take a seat with the ‘Bleacher Bums’

From the seats of JJC’s very own Black Box Theatre, the cast of this upcoming play invites you to step inside the Chicago Wrigley Field scene.

In 1977, “Bleacher Bums” was collaboratively written by members of Chicago’s Organic Theater Company, based on an idea by Chicago comedian, Joe Mantegna. The script follows a group of die-hard fans as they root for their favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, on a lively summer afternoon.

JJC’s cast is excited to put on the show, with the help of director Nicky Blowers, technical supervisor in the Theatre and Fine Arts department.

“The last time JJC held this production was in the early 1990s. We’re excited to be bringing it back this year,” Blowers said.

The cast will be playing an interesting group of characters, including a rabid cheerleader (Jeremy Gallagher), a sunbathing beauty (Gabe Taylor), a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio (Eli Wesselhoff), and an ever trying to fit in nerd (Miles Krutulis).

“I think there’s a couple of characters that are kind of surprising, if you take a close look at them,” Taylor said. “Especially the character of Greg, he’s very bold in a way that you wouldn’t expect. I really admire that about him.”

Debuting in his first play, 10-year-old Mason Fonseca will be playing a fun-loving little kid.

“I feel pretty confident,” Fonseca said.

Opening night will be on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Following showtimes will take place on Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be Sunday showtimes on Nov. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at JJC’s box office for $3. 

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