Sousepaw: A Baseball Story

written by Jonathan A. Goldberg

Goldberg’s tense two-hander... is sharply staged. James B. Kennedy is riveting.
— SF Chronicle
The show to beat. First Five Star review of the year.
— MNArtists
James B. Kennedy is outstanding. Jonathan Goldberg’s script is a small jewel. I would see it again and again.
— MN Star Tribune
Five Stars. Goldberg’s script is a beautifully written character study... making the most of every intimate moment.
— Twin Cities Daily Planet
— CityPages
The characters unpeel their lives as one does an onion getting to the inner core of their being. We root for them, feel their pain.

Based on the life of Hall-of-Fame pitcher 'Rube' Waddell, Sousepaw: A Baseball Story  is a heartbreaking tale set in Texas, 1913. After being thrown out of the majors, 'Rube' has one last shot to make his big comeback, so he hires the Reptile Girl to keep him company - and sober. This play explores their long night of broken promises, secrets, and past regrets. 


Production History

August 2015

Fringe NYC

Remount of 2013's production. 


October 9-November 2, 2013

NYC Premiere

17 Frost Theatre for the Arts

Brooklyn, NY

directed by Courtney Ulrich

with James B. Kennedy and Christina Pumariega

scene design by April Bartlett

costume design by Deanna Frieman

light design by F. Leahe Knott

sound design by Kevin Brouder

fight director Rod Kinter

August 4-14, 2011

World Premiere

Minnesota Fringe Festival - HUGE Theatre

Minneapolis, MN


August 20-28, 2011

IndyFringe - Theatre on the Square

Indianapolis, IN


September 8-17, 2011

SF Fringe - EXIT Theatre

San Francisco, CA


directed by Luke Harlan

with James B. Kennedy and Ariana Venturi

costumes by Deanna Frieman






*Best of SF Fringe* 

Fringe | Famous Award Nominations

  • Outstanding Production
  • Outstanding Direction - Luke Harlan
  • Outstanding Performance - James B. Kennedy
  • Outstanding Performance - Ariana Venturi