The Night They Lit Up Wrigley
A Story about Rita Meyer
Written by Connie I. Lane
A UPSI Inc. Production based on the 1987 MUNY / Student Theatre Project Commission under the Artistic Leadership of Fontaine Syer and Pamela Sterling
Thursday, July 18, Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20, 2019, 8pm, $20/$17
In February 1987, Connie I. Lane, a young theater professional from St. Louis and member of Redbird Nation since an early age, had the opportunity to interview Rita Meyer for research on her playing days in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Meyer played shortstop and pitcher for the Peoria Redwings 1946-1949 where she earned the nickname “Slats” because her slick defense and hard-throwing arm reminded people of the St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop, Marty “Slats” Marion. Based on her research, Lane wrote a one-woman drama based on facts. The play was originally commissioned by the Muny / Student Theatre Project and premiered in 1987, directed by Pamela Sterling and performed by Lane. By way of a serendipitous meeting between Rita’s daughter Laura Moellering and the Producers of THE CHURCH Artist Residency and Performance Space, the story, still as compelling as it was 32 years ago, will come back to life only a short 10 miles from baseball’s iconic home: Cooperstown, NY. The play is reimagined with new direction, videography, and performance.
The Church, 2381 State Highway 205, Mount Vision