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Furman Theatre to present “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball”

Last updated November 7, 2014

By Tina Underwood

The Furman University Theatre will present Rebecca Gilman’s “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” Nov. 12-15 and 19-22 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Theatre Playhouse on campus.

Intended for mature audiences, the play is open to the public. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for students.

In a culture that always asks, ‘what have you done for me lately?’ “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” examines the vulnerabilities of rising-star painter Dana Fielding. After early success, Dana has a disastrous showing where her work is received with sharp criticism and her personal relationships implode. Dana soon finds herself in a mental institution after an attempted suicide. There she befriends two fellow residents: a sociopathic stalker and a recovering alcoholic. Informed that her health insurance will only pay for 10 days’ residency, Dana concocts a plan to fool authorities into allowing her to stay longer—she takes on the personality of Darryl Strawberry, a retired baseball player who has a history of both success and failure, and had the ‘sweetest swing in baseball.’

Furman adjunct Theatre Professor Jason Adkins directs the play. Designing set and lights is alan bryson, and Kevin Frazier designs sound. Will Lowry is costume designer.

Student cast members for “Sweetest Swing” include:

Caitlin Cain, Dana
Savannah Klosowski, Erica/Dr.Stanton
Courtney Dorn, Rhonda/Dr. Gilbert
Sam Feigenbaum, Michael/Ryan
Sal Donzella, Gary/Roy

For ticket information and reservations, call the Theatre Box Office at (864) 294-2125.

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