In “Rounding Third,” Coach Plays Coach

A couple of guys who've been called the 'odd-couple' of coaches!

two actors who play coaches

Photo: Shawnee Theatre

Doug Johnson playing Coach Don, and Bradford Sadler playing Coach Michael, look over the field.

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Rounding Third

Richard Dresser's two character comedy about little league baseball coaches.


Shawnee Theatre

July 5-8, 2012

812 359 3884

The Shawnee Theatre presents Richard Dresser’s Rounding Third at the theatre just south of Bloomfield. It’s the Shawnee’s nod to the great American pass time of baseball.

Veteran actor and more recently coach, Doug Johnson along with Brad Sadler play little league coaches and the audience gets to play the team. “Yah,” agrees Johnson. “The whole show takes place pretty much on the baseball field. We’re talking to the audience quite a bit as our team and that’s a lot of fun. I think the audience sort of feels pulled into the show that way or at least that’s the intention.”

“I think that what I love the most about my character is that he’s an every guy’s kind of guy. He really is just a normal kind of guy trying to make his way in this world and he’s fortunate to have an opportunity to work with kids and I think he loves it and maybe sometimes loves it too much.  What you see is what you get with him. And I like playing characters that have that certain honesty.“

This is the second time playing one of the coaches in Rounding Third for Johnson. “I was very fortunate to get that opportunity at the Phoenix Theatre to play the role back in 2005,” says Johnson. Since then he’s actually been on the field and in the dugout. “This year I had a chance, I got offered a contract to coach baseball at King’s Way Christian School in Indianapolis.  And it brought a whole new dynamic to the character for me.  I had a great time this season. It was a blast working with the kids. So I’m really enjoying the show with that particular perspective “

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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