The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to Sousepaw: A Baseball Story

Sousepaw Off BroadwayThis week’s Sunday Giveaway is for a brand new show that comes to us from the streets of San Francisco.  Sousepaw: A Baseball Story, written by Jonathan A. Goldberg, won the “Best of the Fringe” Award at the San Fran Fringe Festival in 2011, and has wound its way across the country for a limited run here in New York Cit-ay!

Sousepaw is my favorite type of play:   two actors, one set, and a whole ton of secrets.  (I’m still reeling from David Harrower’s Blackbird from a bunch of years ago.)  This two-hander is about . . . well . . . duh . . . it’s about baseball.  More specifically, it’s a true story about the greatest left handed pitcher of the “deadball era” as he tries to crawl out of the bottle for a much-deserved comeback, and the woman who helps/hurts him.How do you get to go to see this sucker?

Sousepaw is about a sport.  Sports are one of the most dramatic live events to watch, but they rarely make it to the stage (which has a lot to do with the demographics of our audience . . . and the demographics of our playwrights). What sport do you think could be dramatized on stage in a unique, dramatic and maybe even with a bit of spectacle?

Let me know what you think, and one of you lucky sports fans will win two tickets to see Sousepaw!

 

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  • Kellie says:

    Badminton

  • rich says:

    we’ll see a boxing musical shortly in Rocky. I can’t imagine how this won’t be laaaame.

    But for sport, there is only one choice: curling.

  • I think dramatizing basketball would be an awesome feat. And I think featuring women basketball players would make for an even more interesting story. The game is fast paced, and they often have to be very aggressive on the court. But how would does that translate into their personal lives? Are they more feminine off the court? Do they care to be? Or do they hold on to that more masculine attitude?

    Throw in a few buzzer beating shots for suspense and you’ve got me hooked.

  • Bruce says:

    Wrestling — those high flying moves would make Spiderman look like kids play…music by Metallica…

  • John P. says:

    Pétanque.

  • I think professional wrestling is a great choice for a musical. It might be a little over the top, but have you seen professional wrestling?? It’s been begging for a ballad for thirty years.

  • Brittany says:

    Quidditch!!

  • Jeryl M. says:

    How about a show about golf? At least it would have to be more interesting to watch than the actual sport.

  • LARRY ABRAMSKY says:

    TURKISH OLIVE OIL WRESTLING

    SIX BUTCH MUSCLED FACTORY WORKERS FROM TOLEDO, OHIO, ALL LOSE THEIR FACTORY JOBS WHEN THE LOCAL PLANT CLOSES DOWN. THEY SIGN UP TO COMPETE FOR A $1 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND TEAM PRIZE FOR A TURKISH OLIVE OIL WRESTLING COMPETITION IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY.

    THEY TRAIN TO THE MUSIC OF DONNA SUMMERS, GIORGIO MORODER, THE VILLAGE PEOPLE, THE WEATHER GIRLS, ETC..

    THINK ‘CHIPPENDALE’S’ WITH AN ACTUAL ‘BOOK’….

    MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY & DEREK HOUGH (DWTS) WILL CHOREOGRAPH.

    KARINA SMIRNOFF WILL PLAY ONE OF THE WIVES….SHE IS FORCED TO TAKE A JOB AT THE LOCAL ‘FLASHDANCERS’ STRIP CLUB TO HELP PAY THE BILLS….

    PIA ZADORA WILL PLAY HER MOTHER, WHO BABYSITS THE KIDS, BUT ALSO SECRETLY WANTS TO JOIN KARINA UP ON THE STAGE AT NIGHT…

    AT LEAST 3 OF THE CHARACTERS WILL BE STRAIGHT MEN WITH WIVES/GFs, SO THAT STRAIGHT (& CLOSETED) HUSBANDS WILL ACCOMPANY THEIR TICKET BUYING WIVES TO THE SHOW. JEJEJE

    I’VE GOT TO MAKE A WRITTEN COPY OF THIS STORYLINE….HELL, I COULD RAISE MONEY ON THIS SHORT PITCH ALONE !!! JAJAJA

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Wrestling? It is always so theatrical in its natural habitat, so perhaps that would translate well to the stage!

  • LA Producer says:

    Bowling. “The Big Lebowsky The Musical.”

  • Andrew Beck says:

    We’ve had football (Lombardi), plenty of baseball (Damn Yankees, the current Bronx Bombers), soccer (The Beautiful Game), tennis (Duet and Big Jim), basketball (Lysistrata Jones), boxing (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety )and a number of other shows. It’s not like there’s been a dearth of shows about sports. Wasn’t there just a Roller Derby show just at the Atlantic Two? Golf might make a good show ( a life of Babe Dedricksen) or the America’s Cup, with gorgeous white sails dueling across the stage. One a drama, one a musical!

  • Stephen Marmon says:

    The perfect sport to be dramatized would be fencing. Two competitors, defined action in a pre-determined space, a battle arising from issues of great passion and everything, from honor to life itself, on the line. It even offers a great title:
    “The Duel.”

  • Surfing! Think how creative the lights and set could be in this digital effects age!

  • Brian says:

    A city preparing for the Olympics could be a great premise for a show. It could incorporate many sports, political intrigue and a love story.

  • Liz Wollman says:

    Shirling.

  • Claire says:

    I’d love to see something like the luge, but I’m not sure how practical that is. I’m a synchronized swimmer, so that would be awesome (although also challenging to depict onstage). Maybe ping pong? Or curling?

  • Katie says:

    Gymnastics! A very visually beautiful and extremely challenging and demanding sport that could also be incorporated into the live show in the way that circus elements are in a show like Pippin.

  • Let’s just adapt “The Karate Kid” as a musical. Choreography by the guy who combined martial arts and jazz on So You Think You Can Dance a season ago.

  • Tennis. Well, virtual tennis. Remember the mysterious tennis match at the end of Antonioni’s film “Blow-Up”? You can hear the
    tennis ball being hit back and forth, but you can’t see it. Very dramatic and mysterious.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    If you want spectacle 1and imagination on stage, how about….Skydiving! Drama is all about conflict – two opposing forces. What could be more dramatic than someone risking his or her very life and fighting the opposing elements – gravity, wind, one’s own terror, and the high drama of a parachute failing to open or opening at the very last possible second? If they can do Spiderman onstage, they can do skydiving. It could be thrilling with projections and aerial feats. There are skydiving competitions, so it is absolutely a sport. There are variations – skydiving in tandem with someone on your back. (Talk about the need to trust!). I wouldn’t do that even on the ground! (LOL). What courage it takes.

  • Alan B. says:

    A revival of the wonderful musical “Golden Boy” that starred the sensational Sammy Davis, Jr.

  • John Dallal says:

    I think Chess could be done in a way to
    hold & captivate an audience with intense
    drama & spectacle. I’m reminded of a Columbo
    episode with Lawrence Harvey, who became
    obsessed with staying on top in the world
    of Chess Tournaments.

  • ECP says:

    I guess this one is waiting for me to (co-)produce. The Big B–Bodybuilding. Rareified atmosphere? Check. Conflict? Check. Sacrifice? Check. Spectacle? Check. Hard to believe some properties are just sitting there, ripe for straight play or musical adaptation. “Stay Hungry” for example, which helped launched Ah-nuld’s narrative feature film career.

  • Mary M says:

    Figure skating: drama, spectacle: 2 words: the headbanger!!!!! There’s a great, inexpensive slippery plastic that can work in a theater: no ice necessary. Theater is ready for a figure skating invasion!!

  • EllenFD says:

    Balance-beam gymnastics, with some real champions in the cast, could make for a dazzling spectacle.

  • Elizabeth T says:

    Definitely swimming! I don’t know why but I always get excited when there is water onstage whether it be a working fountain, a pond, etc. Having a pool would be pretty fun!

  • Karen Campbell says:

    Ballroom dancing – does that qualify as a sport? Or a Country line dancing competition. Both offer great opportunities for music, costumes and drama…and yes, even a bit of a spectacle.

  • Zanne Hall says:

    No question about it: Bocce Ball! I can envision Walter Matthau & Jack Lemmon (if they were both still alive!) but since they aren’t, how about Frank Langella & Chris Plummer?

  • Nanda Douglas says:

    Competitive ping-pong 🙂

  • Virginia Pike says:

    Girls’ high school soccer

  • Fran says:

    Olympic Beach Volleyball. Only requires 2 players per side and a scorekeeper. Small cast, cheap sets and costumes (sand and bathing suits). Add in some competitive drama and it could run forever.

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