Monday, August 20, 2012



By Jason Miller

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 21, 7-9 PM
Black River Playhouse, Grove Street, Chester

Performance dates: October 19th and run Fridays/ Saturdays/Sundays through November 3rd.

Readings will be from the script. Read-through will be scheduled as soon as casting is complete.

Rehearsals will begin in earnest after Labor Day – 2-3 nights per week and Sunday afternoon.

The setting for this 1973 Pulitzer Prize winning show is the town of Scranton, Pennsylvania where four members of the starting line-up of a State Champion high school basketball team have come together at the home of their former coach to celebrate the anniversary of their win. The coach is terminally ill, and this reunion may be their last chance to reminisce with him.

None of the men’s lives have turned out as any of them had hoped, and, on some level, all still look to their coach for guidance. The play explores various shades of disappointment, resentment and betrayal. Coach was the one person in their lives who was sure of everything, and his absolute certainty and confidence gave them a sense of security. While the Coach thought he was teaching his players how to be men, it appears that these middle-aged men are still emotional adolescents who need the Coach to tell them how to live their lives. But the Coach’s pep talks, which had always inspired them, are beginning to sound hollow.


  • George Sitkowski – 40s-The town’s mayor, has proven inept and unpopular, thought of as a joke.
  • Phil Romano – 40s-A successful businessman, has done whatever is necessary and used whoever to become that way
  • James Daley – 40s -is a local junior high school principal
  • Tom Daley – 40s- is an unsuccessful, embittered, cynical alcoholic and ne’er-do-well writer.
  • The Coach – late 60s-70s is a hard-nosed conservative, the embodiment of old-school Catholicism.

For further information, contact the director, Roseann Ruggiero at