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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.


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.


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]


Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz starred in the original production, a performance of which was filmed for PBS broadcast in 1979, directed by Stuart Gordon. Other cast members over the years have included Dennis Farina, Gary Sandy, and George Wendt.

Television film[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Nothing to Cheer About". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:37:30 -0800

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Compton Herald (press release) (blog)

Compton Herald (press release) (blog)
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:45:08 -0800

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:37:07 -0800

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 07:25:50 -0800

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:56:15 -0700

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:20:52 -0800

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Press of Atlantic City
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:16:26 -0800

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Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Mon, 11 May 2015 17:12:15 -0700

The Cubs don't have to worry about that existential question anymore, now that the left- and center-field bleachers opened for Monday night's game against the New York Mets, with fans streaming in for batting practice. “I guess awkward would probably ...

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