Friday, June 24, 2022

FINAL WEEKEND: Lord Stirling Theater Company Performs "Cobb" at Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge


WHEN: June 24 and 25 at 7:30PM, and June 26 at 4:00PM
in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge
TICKETS:  $25 general admission, $23 for seniors (65 and over) and students, $20 for Farmstead Arts members, and $15 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door.

Cobb by Lee Blessing examines the character of controversial baseball legend Ty Cobb at three different stages of his life—The Peach, aged nineteen, at the beginning of his long career with the Detroit Tigers; Ty, a shrewd investor in his early forties, at the end of his playing days; and Mr. Cobb, an elderly man hoping to secure a positive legacy, at the point of death from cancer. 

These different versions contend with each other over who Ty Cobb really was and what he represented. Oscar Charleston, a player in the Negro Leagues who was dubbed the “Black Cobb” by the press, appears as a challenge to Cobb’s justification of his self-worth.

The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s production of 
Cobb is directed by William Ward of Basking Ridge. 

The cast includes (in order of appearance): Bob Scarpone of Flanders as Mr. Cobb; David Rittenhouse of North Plainfield as The Peach; Bob Vaias of Basking Ridge as Ty; and Derek Simmons, Jr., of Edison as Oscar Charleston. 

Cobb is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection (

Cobb opens The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s seventh season at the Farmstead Arts Center, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Past productions include “Dracula,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” (which received the 2019 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Costume Design of a Play and was nominated in six other categories, including Outstanding Production of a Play), “Treasure Island,” “Othello,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Of Mice and Men,” “And Then There Were None,” “The Dresser,” “The Tempest,” “Frankenstein’s Fate,” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” A dynamic community of creative artists based in Basking Ridge, the group is committed to presenting innovative theater for diverse audiences, through readings and full productions of classical theater and new works, as well as exploring the American experience through compelling productions that illuminate and celebrate our history, culture and literature. The theater group fosters the next generation of theater artists and audiences by providing unique hands-on educational programming and training in all aspects of theater production.

The English Barn Theater is wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services please send an e-mail in advance to

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.