Casey At the Bat by Paul McLaughlin
Casey at the Bat is my take on the iconic American poem of that name, best known for its final line: "But there is no joy in Mudville, Mighty Casey has struck out."
Set in 1888, in a rural town where baseball is revered, Casey at the Bat is a family-friendly comedy that answers the following questions: Who is Casey? Why is he in Mudville? And why did he strike out?
The play focuses on Casey (an aging superstar looking for a new team to play for), his brother Horace (who brings Casey to Mudville under false pretences to help Horace pay off a large debt), the young widow Belle (whose skill with acupuncture plays a central role in the story) and Angus Smith, a scheming newspaper publisher who owns Horace's debt and uses it to advance the baseball fortunes of his son at Casey's expense.
Year Printed: 2017
Running TIme: 120 minutes
Male Cast: 4
Female Cast: 1