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Nobody Don't Like Yogi - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Nobody Don't Like Yogi

Tom Lysaght

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy


ISBN: 9780573602320

"A home run.'' - New York Post
"Comical and tender, capturing the sensitivity and rare sensibility that made Berra such a popular public figure.'' - Associated Press
Set in the clubhouse of the cathedral of baseball, this play recreates the day in 1999 when Yogi Berra returned to Yankee stadium after a 14 year absence to throw the opening pitch - and shows why Yogi Berra is a national treasure and a New York icon.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy


90 minutes

Time Period - 1990s


No intermission, Special Effects


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


No Special Cautions


Adult, Senior


Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Church / Religious Groups

"A father-and-son play. It's 'Field of Dreams' on stage." - New York Times

In 1985, 16 games into the baseball season, George Steinbrenner fired Yankee manager Yogi Berra and insulted Berra's ballplayer son. Some people say baseball needed Steinbrenner the way Jesus needed Judas. Not Yogi. He never says anything bad about anybody. So he wouldn't reveal what George said, but he vowed never to return to Yankee Stadium so long as Steinbrenner owned the team. And he didn't, not even for Old Timers' games — until 1999. In relief of the recently deceased Joe Dimaggio, Yogi returned to the Stadium to throw out the first pitch of the new season.

What so hurt that Yoda of a Yankee that he held a grudge for 14 years? And what really brought him "home"? That is the dramatic question. Wrapped in the chocolate of comedy Yogi's tough questions about fathering and family get chewed on as he nervously prepares for his homecoming speech — and re-lives his face-off with George. He's arrived where he started —  in the catacombs of the clubhouse of Yankee Stadium, that cathedral of baseball — but comes home for the first time.

While the ghosts of Yankee greats whisper in his head, Yogi comes to grips with what sent him into exile and what really brought him back. This play recreates the drama of how the past — and the timeless — informs one day in time. Many people know Yogi for his Hall of Fame baseball playing, others for his wise, albeit wacky sayings, but with this play most people know why "Yogi Berra is a national treasure," as a former MLB commisioner once said. "Every time I see him, I feel a little better about the human race."     Ben Gazzara starred in New York.

"Yogi is one of a kind, and it's too bad."  - Joe DiMaggio

"He's one of those Christmas Eve guy... He'd do anything for you." - Joe Garagiola

"Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the gods." - A. Bartlett Giamatti

"If you don't like Yogi Berra, you don't like your wife." - Don Zimmer


"Emotionally rewarding and terrifically entertaining." - Variety New York Times

"A home run.'" - New York Post

"Comical and tender, capturing the sensitivity and rare sensibility that made Berra such a popular public figure.'' - Associated Press

"A one-man tour de force.'' - The New Yorker



Nobody Don't Like Yogi opened Off-Broadway at the Lambs Theatre in New York City on October 26, 2003. It was directed by Paul Linke. It was previously presented at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, and at Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, New York. In 2004 it toured nationally with Ben Gazzara, who created the role.







All Male, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)


Script includes biographical and dramaturgical information about Mr. Berra and his career.


No Chorus

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Tom Lysaght

Tom Lysaght

Raised in Brooklyn, Tom Lysaght graduated from Harvard University and has written some 30 plays in both English and Spanish — published by Samuel French, and produced from villages in the Andes to Off-Broadway (Nobody Don't Like Yogi, starring Emmy Award-winning actor Ben Gazzara as Yogi Berra, toured nationally and was inducted into the permanent collection of the Billy Rose Performing ... view full profile

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Arthur Snow 2/23/2016 9:30 PM
I was inspired to purchase this play after reading Allen Barra's biography of Yogi Berra where it is prominently mentioned.  Having a freshly detailed knowledge of Yogi Berra's career amplifies the enjoyment of reading this script and the script should be read out loud to realize its full impact.  For those of us old enough to have been contemporary with Yogi Berra's playing and managing days and to have had an experience with baseball this script should resonate well.  The play is a one actor reminiscing script of Yogi's life as he prepares for and delivers a speech celebrating his return to Yankee Stadium for Yogi Berra Day after 14 years absence and estrangement with George Steinbrenner.  The mannerisms, language and incidents related are very touching and would require an exceptional actor to make an effective portrayal as well as memorize the volume of lines.  But with those bases well-covered, the result will be an exceptional production.

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