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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.

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References[edit]



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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.
 
Chicago Tribune
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:18:45 -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 ...
 
Naperville Sun
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:18:45 -0700

Bleacher Bums”: Brightside Theater presents the Cubs comedy to March 30 at Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit Brightsidetheatre.com. How much: $20-$24. Read More Arts & Entertainment.

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Call to the Pen
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0700

And what's Ryan doing with all his spare time? Working on a novel? Learning to sail a boat? Cultivating an interest in geology? No. He's sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley Field. Just like one of the bleacher bums who used to come out and cheer him ...

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SFGate
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:52:30 -0700

Thrill factor for players versus bleacher bums: zero. "Whether you're in the dugout or in the stands," explained super slugger Willie McCovey, "Opening Day is always exciting." Hale week: It's been a grueling seven days, which have yet to abate, for ...

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:33:45 -0700

Joe Mantegna joined CRIMINAL MINDS in its third season as Special Agent David Rossi. Mantegna, a Chicago native who worked with the Goodman Theatre Company and co-wrote the long-running stage comedy BLEACHER BUMS, has a scroll-length list ...
 
Chicago Tribune
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:47:28 -0700

In 1977, the Organic premiered "Bleacher Bums," a work inspired by Joe's observations and experiences as a Cub fan at Wrigley Field. The play touched a nerve with Chicagoans and became a hit. "Bleacher Bums" remains one of the longer running plays in ...
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