In life success comes in many ways. Awards, money, bobble heads. In death there are plays made about you. Or at least that’s the case for Minnesota Twins legend Kirby Puckett, when a play examining his rise and fall opens on October 13th in St. Paul, MN.
"I think the play is a tribute to Kirby," said playwright Syl Jones. "You can't help but come away feeling incredibly compassionate for him and about him, and also passionate about the game of baseball."
Puckett’s life had a lot of drama during his short life, and Jones knew this was a story he had to tell within days of his death. Rather than a straight biography, the play contrasts “Kirby the Man with Kirby the Myth.”
Director Steve Moulds says the play's theme is spelled out in a key speech by a character known simply as Coach.
St. Paul’s History Theatre specializes in real, American stories, and Puckett’s tale fits right into that niche. Whether the play is any good is another story.
"The coach tells us that baseball is more forgiving than life," Moulds says, "because in baseball, you can trip, you can fall down, you can make an error, but you can always get up, and maybe next inning you can get the hit that saves the game."