OK, it’s not as good as postseason tickets, but you ought to know about a play that opens next Saturday (October 13) at the Minnesota History Theatre in St. Paul. “Kirby,” written by Twin Cities playright Syl Jones, is about the triumphs and pain of Kirby Puckett and will simply have to suffice as Minnesota’s contrbution to October baseball this year. (You should know that when showtimes were first published, some were subject to change based on whether the Twins were still alive in the playoffs.)
The History Theatre’s website describes the play this way: “Game 6 of the World Series, Twins vs. Braves. Kirby Puckett’s stunning walk-off homer forces the series into Game 7, setting in motion the Twins’ second World Series win in five years. A gutsy dynamo from the Chicago projects, Puckett ascends to baseball’s heights through hard work, determination and a deep love of the game. His career tragically cut short by glaucoma, Puckett’s difficulties escalate when damaging details of his private life become public.Exploring the privileges and pitfalls of hero worship, KIRBY recaptures the spirit and complexity of this unforgettable American icon.”
Syl Jones always catches my attention when he writes op-ed pieces for the Strib and Ansa Akyea, who plays Kirby, spent time with Richard Meryhew of the Strib staff (who authored an award-winning series about Puckett that ran in the newspaper last year), as well as members of the sports staff.
You can find ticket information and a “study guide” here.