Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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Don and Michael are the odd couple of Little League baseball. Don is determined to lead his team to a champion season, no matter what the cost, while first-time assistant coach Michael would be happy if everyone got a trophy for participation. Rounding Third is a home-run comedy that follows the ups and downs of their tumultuous season together!


Richard Dresser‘s plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. They include Rounding Third, which started in Chicago, appeared off-Broadway and has had hundreds of productions.  It was recently made into a film starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt for release in 2018. Below the Belt and Gun-Shy, both started at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving off-Broadway. Below the Belt was made into the film  “Human Error” directed by Robert M. Young which appeared at Sundance.  His trilogy of plays about happiness in America includes Augusta (working class), The Pursuit of Happiness (middle class), and A View of the Harbor (upper class).  Other plays are: The Last Days of Mickey & Jean. Something in the AirThe Downside, Alone at the Beach, Wonderful World, and Better Days, plus many short plays.  Recent plays include Trouble Cometh, about two executives locked in an existential struggle against an impossible deadline which premiered at the San Francisco Playhouse and Closure, which premiered at New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch, starring Wendie Malick and Gary Cole. Wolf at the Door appeared at Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend Washington.  Other projects include the book for a musical, Johnny Baseball (lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale), about the Curse of the Red Sox, which premiered at A.R.T. in Cambridge and moved on to the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  A new bluegrass ghost musical, The Holler (also with the Reale brothers) was workshopped at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Also “Public Speaking: Three short films starring Treat Williams.”  He has also worked extensively in television.  He created the web series “Life Coach” for AMC starring Cheri Oteri.  He is a former member of New Dramatists and twice attended the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.  He currently teaches at Columbia and is President of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops all over the country with veterans, caregivers, exonerated death row prisoners, and DREAMERS among other groups.

Creative Team

  • Director
  • Matt Decker
  • Stage Manager
  • Phil Christiansen
  • Scenic Designer
  • Erin Gautille
  • Lighting Designer
  • Skylar Delk
  • Costume Designer
  • Chris Simanton
  • Sound Designer
  • Daniel Perelstein
  • Props Master
  • Corey Hollinger
  • ASM / Wardrobe
  • Kay Davis


John Armstrong (Don) is co-owner and COO of Pigasus Pictures, the film company behind The Good Catholic (starring Danny Glover).  John is also Executive Director of the newly formed Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre, opening its doors in February 2019 (in partnership with the BPP, Cardinal Stage, and Cook Group).  John is a native of Indiana and received a bachelor’s in musical theatre and an MFA in acting from IU.  John has worked as a professional actor in NYC, on national tour, and in theatres across the US.  John has also been a successful instructor and professor of performance in prominent training institutions including the famed New York Film Academy.  John was also a successful executive coach in NYC, teaching performance techniques to prominent business professionals.  But his favorite role to date is still “dad” to his amazing 14-year-old son Jack.  John is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Jay Hemphill (Michael) is a second Year M.F.A. actor at IU. He is thrilled to be returning to Cardinal Stage, having last been seen in Robin Hood (Prince John). Most recently Jay appeared in IU Theatre’s production of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Martin). Other IU credits include Machinal (George H. Jones) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher). For IU Summer Theatre: Our Town (Dr. Gibbs) and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vice Principal Panch). Regional credits: The Duchess of Stringtown (Castor), The Open Hand (Jack) and A Very Phoenix Xmas (Various Roles) at Phoenix Theatre; Hello Dolly (Swing) and Oliver! (Constable/Thief) at Music Theatre Louisville; and A Christmas Carol (Cratchet) at UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre. A lover of sketch-comedy and musical theatre, Jay co-authored and starred in the original comedies Don We Now Our Gay Apparel and Don We Now MORE Gay Apparel. Offstage Jay interprets history at the Indiana Historical Society and Conner Prairie.

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