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'The Sweetest Swing in Baseball' Opens Thursday at Lincoln College

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[February 25, 2008]  Lincoln College Theatre Department opens the first performance of the spring season with the drama "The Sweetest Swing in Baseball" on Thursday.

"The Sweetest Swing in Baseball," written by Rebecca Gilman, is a drama that opens with a successful artist, Dana Fielding, who experiences a disastrous gallery showing. With her personal life in shambles, the artist finds safety in a psychiatric hospital, but her insurance company will only pay for 10 days. In desperate need of a more hospital-worthy illness, Dana pretends to believe she is former baseball player Darryl Strawberry. With hilarious dialogue and rich characters, viewers will experience the state of health insurance, the legacy of fame and ways in which we re-craft our identity.

Lincoln College students starring in "The Sweetest Swing in Baseball" are Vanessa Bolash of Divernon as Dana, Craig Noort of Lansing as Gary, Nate King of Lincoln as Michael, Andrea Halbach of Elkhart as Rhonda, Ashley LaVoy of Des Plains as Erica, Stevon Hamilton of Peoria as Roy, Terry Wells of Phoenix as Brian, Emma Engstrom of Moline as Dr. Stanton, and Diamond Bridges of Chicago as Dr. Gilbert.

Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call 217-732-3155, ext. 280, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

[Text from file received from Lincoln College]

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