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Bleacher Bums
Written by Roberta Custer
Richard Fire
Dennis Franz
Stuart Gordon
Joe Mantegna
Josephine Paoletti
Dennis Paoli
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
Michael Saad
Ian Patrick Williams
Date premiered 1977
Place premiered Organic Theater Company, Chicago, Illinois
Original language English
Genre Drama
Setting Wrigley Field

Bleacher Bums is a 1977 play written collaboratively by members of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna. Its original Chicago production was directed by Stuart Gordon. A 1979 performance of the play was taped for PBS television, and in 2002 a made-for-TV movie adaptation was produced.

Plot[edit]

Bleacher Bums takes place in the bleachers of Chicago's Wrigley Field. The characters are a bunch of Chicago Cubs fans, watching a game in progress on a summer afternoon. Most of them have been gathering here for some time and know each other; even if they might not necessarily like or tolerate each other. Beer is being drunk, hot dogs are being eaten, and friendly wagers start to take on increasing importance.

Touring[edit]

Bleacher Bums was put on in different cities across the United States. In 1981, longtime Cubs fan Jerry Pritikin, the Bleacher Preacher, was hired as a paid consultant for a production in San Francisco, instructing the cast there on Chicago fan vernacular, and proper fan behavior.[1]

Cast[edit]

Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz starred in the original production; other cast members over the years have included Dennis Farina, Gary Sandy, and George Wendt.

A 2002 TV movie version for cable television was directed by Saul Rubinek and starred Brad Garrett, Wayne Knight, Matt Craven, Peter Riegert and Hal Sparks. Due to licensing issues with Major League Baseball, the name of the team was changed from the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago Bruins, and Wrigley Field was renamed.

External links[edit]

References[edit]



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WJON News
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:21:55 -0700

ST. CLOUD – The Pioneer Place Theatre Company of St. Cloud is opening up its 16th season with a play just in time for the end of the baseball season. Jay Terry is the director of Bleacher Bums. “We are watching the Cubs fans watching a baseball game.

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:18:45 -0700

Through 4-12 seasons with Bill Callahan to 2-14 debacles with Art Shell, Raiders fans have stood by their team year after year, fired coach after fired coach. Outside of the Bleacher Bums in Chicago, where they annually hope for the best from their ...
 
St. Cloud Times
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:21:31 -0700

Holdingford Hometown Thursday: Farm & Western Night, 4-7 p.m., downtown Holdingford. Hayrides and square dancing. All ages. Details: www.facebook.com/holdingfordhometown. • “Bleacher Bums,” 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Place on Fifth, 22 Fifth Ave. S. In the ...
 
Bloody Disgusting
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:06:31 -0700

Gordon spent fifteen years as the founder and artistic director of the Organic Theater of Chicago, where he co-created the original production of “Bleacher Bums,” and produced and directed the world premiere of David Mamet's “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
 
St. Cloud Times
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:33:19 -0700

"Bleacher Bums" centers around a group of fans of the Chicago Cubs, or as Barth puts it, "America's losers." (The team famously hasn't won a World Series title since 1908.) Pioneer Place is doing the updated version of the show, which takes place ...
 
St. Cloud Times
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:45:22 -0700

Bleacher Bums, 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Place on Fifth, 22 Fifth Ave. S. In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts ...
 
Ellwood City Ledger
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:04:00 -0700

All tickets $13. Information or tickets: 724-654-3437 or visit www.newcastleplayhouse.org. “Bleacher Bums,” comedy, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Comtra Cultural Center, Route 19 North, Cranberry Township. Tickets: $12. Written by Joe Mantegna.
 
Chicago Tribune
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:58:54 -0700

After a losing season that would turn off another team's followers, the Bleacher Bums, the shock troops of Cub fans, would head to Ray's Bleachers — not to mourn but to pledge allegiance. Over many a beer in that tavern hard by Wrigley Field, they'd ...
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