Review: ‘Hardball’ is brilliant commentary on television ‘journalism’

Review: ‘Hardball’ is brilliant commentary on television ‘journalism’

Hardball, In the News
Napa Valley Register Review by John Henry Martin Aug 7, 2019 Valley Players’ latest production, Victoria Stewart’s “Hardball,” about a young journalist who becomes a right-wing talk show pundit, is a stunningly produced, vitriolic take-down of today’s industry of entertainment journalism. It is yet another winner, cementing Valley Players’ reputation as a serious theater company known for the highest quality production of its shows. Beverly Wiles Shotwell is Virginia Eames, a young reporter at The Washington Post. In an attempt to prove that the reporters she works with are partisan, despite the directive not to be, she wears a George W. Bush pin to the newsroom, knowing that everyone she works with is voting for John Kerry. The dirty looks she gets proves her point, but she ends up losing…
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The Crew of Hardball

The Crew of Hardball

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Our undying thanks to this awesome group of people! June Alane Reif (Director) fell in love with the stage as a toddler and studied theater as a young adult at Louisiana State University where she made her directorial debut with an adaptation of Kay Boyle’s The Astronomer’s Wife. Once bitten by the directing bug, she has certainly not been shy—directing shows in playhouses from Baton Rouge, LA to Napa, CA. Some of her most memorable directorial achievements include Biloxi Blues, On Golden Pond, Laura, Seascape and God of Carnage for Dreamweavers and last year’s world premiere of Lorraine Midanik’s Ordinary Day for Valley Players. June is a veteran actor, director and board member of Valley Players. She is delighted to have had the honor to direct this powerful play and…
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The Cast of Hardball

The Cast of Hardball

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Beverly Wiles Shotwell (Virginia Eames) is delighted to be working with such a talented cast and crew. She feels fortunate to be under the direction of June Alane Reif, having appeared on stage with June in the cast of “Dinner with Friends” at Dreamweaver’s Theatre. Her most recent role was that of Dr. Charlotte Wallace in “Beyond Therapy” at Lucky Penny Productions. Beverly studied Theatre and Improv in Los Angeles and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the West Coast Ensemble Theatre. She considers one of her most notable thespian achievements to be the production of her own one-woman-show that she performed at the Gardner Stage and the HBO Playhouse in Hollywood. Cata Parkhurst (Irene Shay) is excited to be performing with Valley Players for the first…
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Who is Victoria Stewart?

Who is Victoria Stewart?

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Before graduating from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, Victoria was a professional stage-manager, working with David Rabe, Anne Bogart and Peter Sellars among others. She has received the Francesca Primus Award, a McKnight Advancement Grant, the Helen Merrill Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (finalist), and the Jerome Fellowship as well as residencies at Ucross/Sundance, Hedgebrook, Hermitage, Tofte Lake, Sewanee Writer’s Conference and the Donmar Warehouse. Her plays include RICH GIRL (George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Lyric Stage, The Old Globe), MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE! (Children’s Theatre Company, Marin Theater Company, Magik Theater), THE MEANING OF MAGGIE (Rose Theater), HARDBALL (Live Girls Theatre!, SPF), FISSURES (LOST AND FOUND) (Actors Theater of Louisville), CLANDESTINO (Mixed Blood), LIVE GIRLS (Urban Stages, WHAT, Stage Left, Eternal Spiral Project), NIGHTWATCHES…
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Hardball

Hardball

2019 Season, Hardball
The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater and Valley Players will present Hardball by Victoria Stewart August 2 - 11, 2019 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Fridays at 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets available here! (more…)
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