With the fate of the MLB season still a drifting pop fly near the left field foul pole, Hoboken’s MST (Mile Square Theatre) puts their annual homage to the home game in play with this year’s 7th Inning Stretch: from the dugout.
Commemorating Hoboken’s historical claim as the birthplace of baseball—MST has an all-star lineup featuring some of America’s most celebrated playwrights, each delivering a short work of sketches, short plays, musical acts, and other baseball-related content that will be available for streaming online.
“Our theatre is shuttered due to the pandemic, but it’s giving us an opportunity to reimagine The Stretch on the online platform,” says MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor “The event is a labor of love for MST and we’re going to miss working on The Stretch in our space, but it’s been fun to come up with such a variety of material for 7th Inning Stretch: from the dugout. This is a critical fundraising event for us as well, so ‘the show must go on,’ so to speak. We’re facing an unprecedented challenge in sustaining our organization through the pandemic, so hopefully the proceeds from The Stretch will provide some relief.”
This year’s lineup includes Gary Kroeger (“Saturday Night Live”), Michael Emerson (“Person of Interest,” “Lost”), Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911”), Jim Vallance (Songwriter: Summer of ’69; What About Love), Elizabeth Ward Land (CBS’s “The Good Fight; Amazing Grace on Broadway), Matt Lawler (ABC’s “The Family”), Ellen Lancaster (The Visit on Broadway), Catherine Porter (Next to Normal on Broadway), Matt Bittner (Present Laughter on Broadway), Ray McAnally (Daily Fiber; “Modern Family”), Adam Ottavino (New York Yankees), Kevin Short (Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy and Bess), Stacey Dana Scotte (HBO’s “Succession”), Barbara Pitts McAdams (Tectonic Theatre’s Laramie Project), Ames McNamara (ABC’s “The Conners”), Matilda Lawler (The Ferryman on Broadway), Joseph Gallo (MST’s My Italy Story; Long Gone Daddy), Mia Randall (30th Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof), and more!
Video Production of MST’s 7th Inning Stretch: from the dugout is provided by BRANDING SHORTS and we assume, “may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form, and the accounts and descriptions of this production may not be disseminated without the express written consent of Mile Square Theatre.” (Man, we miss hearing that…)
7th Inning Stretch: from the dugout, is a four-game series presented online by Mile Square Theatre, featuring a night game on Friday, June 19th at 7 pm (all times EST), a day-night double-header on Saturday, June 20th at 3 pm and 7 pm, and a matinée game on Sunday, June 21st @ 3 pm
Tickets available at: www.milesquaretheatre.org. Once purchased, audience members will be emailed a link through which the stream may be accessed. Pay-What-You-Will Virtual Tickets start at $20
7th Inning Stretch: from the dugout Sponsors include Advance Realty, Hoboken Brownstone, Haven Savings Bank, Breakline, and Minervini/Vandermark/Melia/Kelly Architecture
Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
MST is a Member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
For more information on Mile Square Theatre, visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.