Other Plays by Lee Blessing
Blessing, Lee (American playwright, 1949-____), “Cobb,”
a 75-minute biographical drama in English, set in limbo, after Cobb’s death,
© 1989 by Lee Blessing;
• in Lee Blessing’s Cobb (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1991), ISBN 0822202247, LCCN 92190834, 52 pp.;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York, 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539.
• 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.
Peach (m), in his prime; Ty (m), middle-aged; Mr. Cobb (m), elderly, stricken with cancer; Oscar Charleston (m), a star of the old Negro Leagues.
“Scenes from the life of baseball great Ty Cobb.” — Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 39.
• “We are presented with three Cobbs. That is, Cobb at three stages of his life: the eldest, Mr. Cobb . . . , stricken with cancer; the middle-aged Ty . . . , all business smarts and savviness (Cobb put his money into stock like General Motors and Coca-Cola, and emerged one of baseball's first millionaires); and the plucky Peach . . . , the player in his prime. Though they go back and forth from 1886 through 1961, all are speaking, Copenhagen-style, from beyond the grave. And they all have their own version of events. Wrapped in a bathrobe and cloaked in bitterness, Mr. Cobb wants to remember the glories, not the defeats. His memory has a tendency to lapse, as old men’s do. So to jog it, Blessing adds another man to the lineup: Oscar Charleston (Clark Jackson), another Hall-of-Famer who’s not quite as renowned as our eponymous hero. Charleston played for the Negro League, and was nicknamed ‘The Black Cobb.’ It’s not a title he wears with pride.” — Theater Mania.com - Reviews - Cobb, http://www.theatermania.com/news/reviews/index.cfm?story=566&cid=1, accessed November 7, 2002.
• “Baseball player; born in Narrows, Ga. During his 24-year career as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics (1905—28), he compiled a lifetime batting average of .367, the highest in major league history. . . . He managed the Tigers for six years (1921—26), but never finished higher than second place. Having made shrewd investments while a player, including the purchase of Coca-Cola stock, he lived comfortably throughout his retirement. . . . [He] was the first player elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 936.” — http://search.biography.com/print_record.pl?id=13693, accessed November 7, 2002.
• “Lee Blessing is a prolific playwright whose work has been produced throughout the United States, on Broadway and off, in London’s West End, and in numerous other countries around the world. He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and has been nominated for Tony and Olivier awards. The Signature Theatre in New York dedicated its entire second season to the production of Blessing's works. His previous collection of plays, Lee Blessing: Four Plays, published by Heinemann in 1991, includes Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, Independence, Riches, and Eleemosynary.” — Heinemann: Patient A and Other Plays, http://www.heinemann.com/shared/products/08662.asp, accessed
November 7, 2002.
• Dramatists Play Service lists this as a full-length play.
• Lee Blessing’s papers are collected and stored at Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A.
baseball, biography, Cobb (Ty Cobb, born Tyrus Raymond Cobb, reputedly the greatest baseball player of all time, December 18, 1886-1961), fame, legend.