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Our 1975-1976 Season: Mainstage

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That Championship Season

Written by Jason Miller

Following their annual custom, five men—a high-school basketball coach, now retired, and four members of the team that he guided to the state championship twenty years earlier—meet for a reunion. The occasion begins in a light-hearted mood but gradually, as the pathos and desperation of their present lives are exposed and illuminated, the play takes on a rich power of rare dimension. One former player is now the inept mayor of the town—and facing a strong challenge for re-election. Another, the frustrated principal of the local high school, is his ambitious campaign manager. A third, now a successful (and destructive) businessman, is wavering in his financial support of the mayor. While the fourth is a witty, but despairing alcoholic. As the evening progresses all that these men were—and have become—is revealed and examined with biting humor and saving compassion. In the end self-preservation, abetted by the unconscious cynicism and bigotry of their coach, draws them together. But they are lost, morally bankrupt men holding onto fraudulent dreams that have poisoned their present lives and robbed them of the future that was once so rich in promise.

Opening Night: Friday, January 9, 1976 - Closing Night: Saturday, January 31, 1976


Tom DaleyPaul Haskin
Phil RomanoGil Lenchus
George SikowskiJay Mills
James DaleyHoward Myers
CoachJim Stobie

Production Staff

DirectorRalph Leonard
ProducerKathy Lampe
Stage ManagerSkip Watts
Set DesignJack Fleming
Set ConstructionNorman King
Set Construction-CrewJack Fleming
Ewald Forsbrey
Rich Kennedy
Dave Lampe
Frank Leary
Matt Mathews
Tom Murray
Lou Niosi
Set DecorCris Moran
Set Decor-CrewJan Ervine
Bill Ervine
Nikki Leary
Shirley Sicsko
Jack Sicsko
Lighting DesignDave Lampe
Lighting-CrewCarol Cohenstein
PropsChris Hobmeier
CostumesCarol Mathews
Make-Up / HairCarol Mathews
Program EditorMatt Mathews