A true story about the greatest pitcher you've never heard of



A play by Jonathan A. Goldberg

Directed by Courtney Ulrich

with James B. Kennedy and Christine Pumariega

The heartbreaking play about George Edward "Rube" Waddell, the greatest lefty pitcher of the deadball era, comes to FringeNYC.  

The play begins in a ratty Texas hotel where the down-and-out former ballplayer is awaiting his last chance at the big leagues.  He hires the Reptile Girl from a local circus to keep him company -- and sober.  They share a long night of secrets, pain, and past regrets.

After playing to sold out shows in Minnesota, Indianapolis, and San Francisco -- Shelby Company brings this heartbreaking baseball story to FringeNYC



James B. Kennedy (Rube Waddell): Recent selected NYC credits include Ephemerama; Dogs Of Oklahoma; His Beauty; New Beulah; and Couples Counseling. He has performed at the MN Fringe the past three years in Fallsway, Font of Knowledge, and Sousepaw, where he originated the role of Rube Waddell. Much love & heartfelt thanks to all who helped turn a dream into reality. Special thanks and dedications to Jon, for the most beautiful gift imaginable; Kevin, for needing a key & lighting a fire instead; and to Gerry, for being the best there ever was.     

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Christina Pumariega (Reptile Girl): Broadway: Seminar. Off-Broadway: Volpone, The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull Theater), Uncle Vanya (u/s, Soho Rep), Catch-22 (Lortel), All Eyes and Ears (INTAR). Off-Off-Broadway: AliceGraceAnon (New Georges), Enfrascada (Clubbed Thumb). Regional: Barrington Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Theater DC, The Huntington, Hartford Stage, Merrimack Rep, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Film: Notes on Being Young, The Funeral. Awards: Connecticut Critics Circle, McNamara Arts Grant, Old Vic/Public Theater TS Eliot Exchange Fellow. MFA, NYU Graduate Acting.

Jonathan A. Goldberg (playwright) has had work produced around the country including: HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Public Theater (NY), Theatricum Botanicum (CA), Mixed Blood (MN), and many more.  He’s won the Rita and Burton Prize for Playwriting, The Israel Baren Award, The 2012 L Magazine Short Fiction Contest, and the 10 Minute Play Contest by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  MFA, NYU Tisch.

Courtney Ulrich (director) is a New York-based Director. Recent credits include Tommy Smith's White Hot and #serials at The Flea Theater where she is a Resident Director. In New York, she has worked with New Dramatists, Target Margin Theater, The Foundry Theatre, Rising Circle Rep, The Culture Project and Powerhouse/NYSAF at Vassar College, in LA with Cornerstone Theater Company, and in DC with Sojourn Theatre Company and Arena Stage. Many thanks to the wonderful team at Shelby Company!

April Marie Bartlett (scene design) works as an Art Director for NBC Universal’s The Today Show. Designs to mention: The Adventure's of Boy and Girl (NYFringe 2013), Wrap Your Heart Around It (Best Production NYC Solo Festival 2012), Fires in The Mirror and Twelfth Night (Long Island University), Fallsway and Font of Knowledge (Shelby Company, MN Fringe), Meg's New Friend, Love, The Most Damaging Wound (The Production Company), I Used to Write on Walls (Working Man’s Clothes) and The Pearl Merchant (Threads Theater Company).  April is a member of USA829. BFA, Emerson; MFA, CMU.

Deanna R Frieman (Costume Designer) is a NYC-based designer who enjoys bringing to life new works. Recent: Fallsway, Land Whale Murders, Font of Knowledge, Sousepaw (Shelby Company), Westward Mutations (Hunter College), The Sister (Dutch Kills Theatre), Home/Sick (The Assembly); Bea Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (ANTFest). Deanna is a teaching artist for Roundabout Theatre. MFA, Costume Design CMU.

Rod Kinter (fight director) is pleased to join Shelby Company again having worked on The Land Whale Murders and Font of Knowledge. He is the resident Fight Director at the Pearl Theatre Company and the primary Fight Director for New York City Opera. Off-Broadway: Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy; Abe Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party; and Point Break: Live. Regional: ART, Utah Shakes, Princeton Rep, and Glimmerglass Opera. Rod also teaches stage combat at AMDA and is co-creator of critically acclaimed fight themed shows Duelists: The Forgotten Champions, The Jade Assassin and Last Life.


Kevin Brouder (sound design) is a sound and video designer. Recent design credits include sound and video design for Dirty Paki Lingerie by Aizzah Fatima at the Flea, and assistant sound designer for Mike Lew’s Bike America (Ma-Yi Theater). Upcoming: sound design for Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love by Mallery Avidon at the Flea and The Rest of Your Life by Megan Mostyn-Brown for Axial Theater in Pleasantville, NY. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.


Shelby Company was founded in December 2008 in NYC. We are a playwright-centric theatre devoted to creating new works for the stage. Previous productions include Fallsway (MN Fringe 2013); Font of Knowledge (MN Fringe 2012); Sousepaw: A Baseball Story (MN Fringe, IndyFringe and SF Fringe 2011); The Land Whale Murders (Theatre 3, 2010); Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk (Los Angeles' Complex Theatre; MN Fringe 2010); Uncle Shelby's WunderPantry of Possibilities, or Whatever Happened to Sunderban Village (Planet Connections 2010); The Luck of the Ibis, The Mike and Morgan Show and You May Be Splendid Now (Access Theatre 2010); Say Say Oh Playmate (NOLAFringe 2009); Winnemucca (three days in the belly) (San Jose Stage, MN Fringe and FringeNYC 2009); and New Beulah (The Creek and the Cave, Planet Connections 2009; The Pear Ave. Theatre 2010). As well as full-length productions, Shelby Company has produced a monthly comedy show, Ephemerama, which has amassed around 100 short comedic plays and played to sold-out houses all over the USA; and held developmental readings of numerous original plays.


*Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity 

All photos by Hunter Canning