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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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Forbes

Forbes
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:52:46 -0800

If the bleacher bums at Yankee Stadium or Wrigley Field had wads of money to spare and were avid collectors, it might approximate the experience of attending a Heritage sports auction. Many of the middle-aged men were dressed in jeans and several wore ...

Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:03:45 -0800

The Bleacher Bums, Central's student section sitting on the other side of Combes Gym, rushed the court once the final buzzer sounded. Ronk was caught up in the mob of students after the game. “The crowd bum-rushed me,” Ronk said. “It was nuts.” Showing ...
 
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:00:00 -0800

Once the ball went through the hoop, Central's student section, the Bleacher Bums, stormed the court. “This is a terrific reminder of what sports is all about,” Woods said. “It's more than just the outcome. Not only did Trey create a memory that he ...
 
New York Times
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:56:32 -0800

A lot of the seats for the bleacher bums are missing, too. The site is under heavy construction, a tangle of rebar, scaffolding and concrete. Signs at street level announce: “Building a Legacy” and “Making the Confines Friendlier.” The streets beyond ...

Palm Springs Life

Palm Springs Life
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:00:00 -0800

Mantegna, a Chicago native, has also penned the award-winning play Bleacher Bums about being a Cubs fan, relating, ”it doesn't matter if they win, but being a fan is most important.” Photo by marc glassman. The walls of the ballroom for the Frank ...
 
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.

Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 04:11:15 -0800

That includes kids doing loud things. Like the clever high school students at Champaign Central, Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, who are part of the IHSA's inaugural Student Section Showdown. Beginning today, the IHSA will reveal ...
 
Barnstable Patriot
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0800

“I was directing Bleacher Bums a few years ago,” said Colley. “It is a good show but the script itself wasn't the strongest, and we realized it was up to us to really make it a character piece. We started doing some extemporary characterizations and it ...
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