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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.

St. Cloud Times

St. Cloud Times
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:15:04 -0800

DeVille still thinks he's larger than life, even though his career has disappeared. The role is Barth's latest in his return to the stage. In September, he was one of the stars of "Bleacher Bums." "It kind of worked out that way," he said. "Now you ...
 
Deadline Detroit
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:34:19 -0800

In the little-seen made-for-TV movie Bleacher Bums, one character states to another, “Nobody ever went broke betting against the Cubs after Labor Day.” Meaning, as soon as the games got important and the cream of the National League rose to the top ...
 
Chicago Tribune
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:22:06 -0700

In the wide world of sports, you could argue that there are no other fans quite like Chicago Cubs fans — fiercely loyal, unabashedly optimistic — despite the fact that their beloved boys in blue haven't won a World Series in 106 years. Likewise ...
 
Chicagoist
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:51:39 -0700

Bleacher Bums was originally a Chicago stage production dreamt up by the Organic Theater Company, based on an idea by Joe Mantegna who appears here. (Fun fact, horror fans: the original stage production of Bleacher Bums was directed by Stuart ...
 
Chicagoist
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:18:23 -0800

The Cubs are making more changes to their Wrigley Field renovation plans. The Tribune, citing sources, reports the team agreed to scrap one of the planned seven signs they were going to install in the outfield and shrink the size of another. Now this ...

Kenosha News

Kenosha News
Thu, 22 May 2014 21:51:44 -0700

Bleacher Bums,” written by Joe Mantegna, takes place in 1998 in the bleachers of Chicago's Wrigley Field as a group of Chicago Cubs fans watch a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on a summer afternoon. Director Mackenzie Renner said the show is ...
 
The Patriot-News
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:33:03 -0700

Tickets for the Jones and Urschel signing are $25, while Robinson autographs are priced at $30. Bleacher Bums says it will offer a package deal for all three autographs. Call the store at 717-975-0911 for more information. Here's more on the three players.
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