All She Cares About Is the Yankees
Other Plays by John Ford Noonan
Noonan, John Ford (American playwright, television writer, 19__-____), “All She Cares About Is the Yankees,”
a __-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a Greenwich Village loft, New York City, in July, 1983,
© 1988 by John Ford Noonan;
• in John Ford Noonan’s All She Cares About Is the Yankees (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1988), 54 pp., ISBN 0573632065, LCCN 90103862, SF 3591;
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• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
Maureen “Spanky” Oberfield (f), 39, agoraphobic.
“Agoraphobic woman peoples her fantasy world with the New York Yankees.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 277.
A “woman . . . deals with her phobia of going outside her room by living in a highly-developed fantasy world peopled by various past and present members of the New York Yankees. They manifest themselves as disembodied voices with whom she has conversations.”—1997 Basic Catalog of Plays and Musicals (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1996), p. 7.
• “Set in a Greenwich Village loft in July 1983, Maureen "Spanky" Oberfield is struggling through a poor game by her obsessively beloved Yankees against the Milwaukee Brewers. Her apartment is a shrine to the Bronx Bombers, and she tapes letters of instruction to Billy Martin in an attempt to ignore the larger issues hovering menacingly over her life. Spanky is a 39 year-old woman whose inability to discover her connection to life has made her a virtual agoraphobic, unable to step through her apartment door and confront her icy father or the boyfriend who rejected her a month-and-a-half ago. Unable to deal with these now-mythic men in her life, she has turned to the equally mythic Yankees, stand-in men who are distant enough to idolize and worship without being able to truly hurt her. There are tapes, though, that try to encourage her to leave, and eventually, the truth behind these hilarious recordings lets the audience see just how far removed from herself she has become. [Mark S.P. Turv, e-mail email@example.com]”—John Ford Noonan’s "All She Really Cares About is the Yankees at the Algonquin Theatre-4/12 to 4/28/02, http://www.goldfishpublishers.com/AllSheCaresAbout_Alg.html, accessed February 14, 2003.
• Samuel French lists this play as full-length; without intermission it can play as a long one-act.
• Noonan won an Emmy in 1983-1984 for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
agoraphobia, fantasy, New York Yankees.