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Rounding Third (Comedy)

By Richard Dresser
Directed by Carol Wasson

May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 2015

Dinner Rolls with Butter
Broccoli Crunch Salad
Country Style Chicken Breast
Whipped Potatoes with Gravy
Petite Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas
Lemon Mousse

Rounding Third is the tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game. The audience is the stand-in for the team, so the coaches speak directly to the audience about competition, character, punctuality, and the importance of wearing the right equipment. 

 Don is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher. Michael is a newcomer both to the town and to baseball. He's a corporate executive who agrees to be Don's assistant because he wants a special activity with his son, who's never played baseball before. 

 Despite their differences, Michael and Don form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of the team. And over the course of exhilarating victories, heartbreaking defeats, and interminable rain-outs, the two men battle over how to lead the team. 

 Michael believes that the job of the coaches is to shield the kids from the intense pressure of competition while making sure everyone has a good time. Don thinks they should be teaching the kids how to win. Out of these conflicting philosophies, the real issues of the play emerge: how should we raise our children? Since we live in such a ferociously competitive society, do we protect our children as long as possible? Or do we prepare them to be tough enough to win? And what does it mean to be an American man?  

“Hilarious!” – Variety 

“This play reflects the passions, the joy and the pain that fills the heart of any person who has ever loved a child who was competing for anything, from sports to spelling bees to talent shows." - San Jose Repertory Theatre 

“…funny, acerbic and touching.” – Playbill

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing 





Actor Bios

KEVIN KNUTH (Don) Kevin makes his return to the Arena stage after last playing an "off-stage" voice in "The Smell of the Kill".  Well known to Arena audiences, Kevin appeared on the Arena Stage in the popular Same Time, Next Year for which he won a Best Actor award.  He also performed in Any Wednesday, Social Security, True Life Christmas Disasters, The Marriage Go Round, and Plaza Suite.   He won a Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Almost Maine. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Arena.

"A two person show requires a lot of work and trust between the actors.  I am lucky to be sharing the stage with a talented actor like Aaron Mann," said Kevin.  "I also want to thank Carol Howell-Wasson for the opportunity to play Don, and a shout out to Dave Thompson for his time and dedication, not only to this show, but for all that he does for Arena"

This show brings many memories to mind for Kevin.  ""Growing up in one of the older neighborhoods in Fort Wayne, we would often have "pick-up" baseball games at a vacant lot on Clayton Street," said Kevin.  "We used a tin can to mark first base, a chuck of concrete for 2nd and a clothesline pole for 3rd.  It was perfect."  Kevin is dedicating this show to his childhood teammates and to every kid who ever tried to catch a fly ball. "Trust me....harder than it looks!"

As always Kevin would like to thank his wife, Sharon, for her love and support.   In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his overly energetic dog, and best friend, Tucker,  They can often be seen in the early morning hours walking through the West Oakdale Neighborhood, where Kevin and Sharon reside.

Aaron Mann (Michael Johnson) - since moving back to Fort Wayne two years ago, Aaron has enjoyed revisiting the city's theatre scenes!
 You may have seen him in First Presbyterian's The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio) or George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance (Lord Summerhays). He also appeared in the Civic's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jameson) & Spamalot (Patsy). For IPFW's 50th year celebratory season, Mann played Henry in The Fantasticks. His favorite project since being home is St. Francis' Catch Me if You Can as FBI Agent Carl Hanratty.
 Professionally, Aaron performed in Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors (Actor/Guitarist) for the 2012 Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, shortly thereafter visiting Pittsburgh, where he performed as Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors.
 Not long after returning to Omaha, his “home away from home,” Mann became a Drama Teaching Artist and Musician (WhyArts? Inc.) Aaron’s other Omaha theatre credits include acting company for the national tour of A Christmas Carol (NTC Productions 2011); acting company for Titus Andronicus and Twelfth Night (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, 2013); technical director for The Seafarer (Brigit Saint Brigit, 2012); and acting company/technician for The Adventures of Nate the Great, The Borrowers, Ticket to Toyland, and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type! along with many other shows at “The Rose" (Omaha Theater Company 2012-13).
 An Indiana-Purdue University Alumni, other professional credits include Wayside Theatre in Virginia (2010-2011)- Shenandoah, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage, A Christmas Carol, Southern Crossroads: The New Orleans Adventure, and Macbeth, as well as Tibbits Opera House in Michigan (2010)- The Full Monty, Out of Order, and Working: the Musical.
 Aaron is an experienced Acoustic Guitarist, playing for funerals, weddings, private and group lessons, and church services for over half his life. He has played pit guitar for productions of Grease, Godspell, and Working: the Musical, among other solo and group appearances. He has helped record 3 music CD’s, and performed in over 100 stage productions. Aaron has worked as a theatre professional in numerous capacities; Backstage Crew, Carpenter, Stitcher, Stage Manager, and Props Master.



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