The Church artist residency and performance space will present “The Night They Lit Up Wrigley,” an original play written by Connie E. Lane

A meeting at a Cooperstown bar between Rita Meyer’s daughter, Laura Moellering, and The Church producers Jamie Leonard and Pamela Rapp led to the take on the 1987 play which will open at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, with two other performances on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20.

The creative team under the direction of Eliza Beckwith uses media and sound design to support actor Sarah Stewart Chapin in “relating the current-day relevance of Meyer’s experience pursuing her dream of playing professional baseball while at times rebelling and at other times obliging to the societal expectations of her time,” presenters said in a release.

Meyer played shortstop and pitcher for the Peoria Redwings from 1946 to 1949 where she earned the nickname “Slats” because her slick defense and hard-throwing arm reminded people of the St. Louis Cardinal’s shortstop, Marty “Slats” Marion, the release said.

Beckwith has directed four plays in Ensemble Studio Theatre’s “Marathon of One-Act Plays” and was EST’s managing director from 1999 to 2001. She is the co-artistic director of New Directions Theater, including “Tiny Bubbles,” “F-Stop,” “Hot Air,” “Triptych,” “Random Harvest” and the critically acclaimed “The Flid Show.” She is a visiting instructor in theater at Alfred University.

Chapin is a recent Yale graduate who has performed in New York, Washington D.C., and regionally. Her credits include “Fun Home” (Medium Alison) with Virginia Stage Company and “Tenn” (Rose) at the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles

Tickets are $20 general admission  or $17 for those younger than 25, seniors and veterans.

Tickets can be purchased at The Church box office beginning at 7 p.m. on day of the show, at 2381 State Highway 205 in  Mount Vision, or online at

 For more information, call Leonard at 607-638-5119 or email Rapp at