Nobody Don't Like Yogi

by  Tom Lysaght

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m

"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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Nobody Don't Like Yogi

by  Tom Lysaght

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

"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

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

 

 

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

1m
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

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

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Authors

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 ...

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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.

http://www.yourcreativestage.com/off-broadway/

 

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