Annoyance

Striking Out

Directed by Adam LevinRyan Ford

@ 7:30 | Mainstage

$15 / $12 Students

About the Show

A two act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay.

The Chicago Otters are in trouble. Their star player Lance Valentine suffered a season ending injury. The owners of the team refuse to pay for any more big contracts so management decides to have an open tryout. Iowa farm kid Jimmy Roberts would be perfect for such an opportunity- he wields a baseball bat like Thor does a hammer. There is only one problem: he’s straight and deeply in love with his girlfriend Penny. Figuring that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, Jimmy decides to lie about his sexuality and convinces Penny to come along for the ride as his “sister” in pursuit of both their dreams. Jimmy ends up making the team, but will life as a big city professional athlete with all its temptations, conniving agents, and money lead Jimmy and Penny down the wrong path? Will his secret be revealed? I guess y’all just have to buy a ticket to find out!

 

The People

Adam Levin, Director

Adam Levin is a writer/perform hailing from Washington D.C. He is thrilled to be a part of the Annoyance Theatre. Thank you for reading this.

Ryan Ford, Director

Ryan Ford hails from the flour city of Rochester, NY. He moved to Chicago in 2011 to pursue the serious art of silliness and maintain his streak of living in cities with terrible weather. Ryan has trained at iO, the … Continue reading Ryan Ford

Kyle Ryan, Choreographer

Kyle Ryan, a Los Angeles native, has been performing in Chicago for the last five years. At Annoyance he has been in Purity Ball: The Musical, When the Fog Begins to Lift, and Bite Size Broadway as well as co-choreographing … Continue reading Kyle Ryan

Lily Staski, Choreographer

Lily Staski has journeyed to Chicago to further her education in theater, primarily comedy. Prior, she did some mascot building/dancing work with The Hollywood Fringe, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, and has taught movement based workshops throughout New Mexico. She … Continue reading Lily Staski

Cast Members

Media & Reviews

The Chicago Reader says:

“This deep bench of naturally funny comedians—most of whom could read user agreements with good timing—shows that the straight-faced, big-hearted, absurdist tradition at the Annoyance is alive and well in the hands of a new generation of Chicago comics”