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3 metro troupes throw out first pitch with baseball plays; Aurora's community outreach

The Braves have just started spring training games in Florida, while back in Atlanta three theater companies are stretching out with plays sporting a baseball backdrop.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Georgia Ensemble Theatre continues with local actor Jacob York’s “Homers” through March 15. (Read Bert Osborne's AJC review here.)

Diany Rodriguez plays a reporter for an unnamed Atlanta daily newspaper (hmm…) who struggles over objectivity about beloved home teams including the Braves as well as over a tempting job offer from a Los Angeles sports blog. She weighs that against family responsibility following her father’s stroke.

Post-show on Friday evenings, there’s “Extra Innings,” a chance to buy a drink and mingle with the cast.

Through March 15. $25-$35. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260,

  • Stage Door Players opens Richard Dresser’s “Rounding Third,” an odd-couple comedy about two Little League coaches attempting to reconcile sharply contrasting approaches, on March 20.

Don (Robin Bloodworth) is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher. Michael (Vince Pisani) is the winning-isn’t-everything newcomer to town who signs on as Don’s assistant so he can share a special activity with his son.

Through April 12. $30, with discounts for seniors, students and youth. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-1726,

  • Atlanta Lyric Theatre will present “Damn Yankees,” the classic 1950s musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, starting April 10.

The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend in which middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd sells his soul for the chance to lead his favorite Washington Senators in a pennant race against the despised New York Yankees.

Through April 26. $35-$55. Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 404-377-9948,

Aurora offers free acting workshop for students March 14

Students will be introduced to improvisation, team building and acting technique through theater games and exercises,. Complimentary lunch will be provided by Aurora’s Volunteer Guild. The program is open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Applications will be evaluated based on financial need, short essay question and in order of receipt. To apply, fill out the online application at, and email the completed form to Or mail application and any supporting documentation (including essay) to: Jaclyn Hofmann, Director of Education, Aurora Theatre, P.O. Box 2014, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

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