Brooklyn's been brooding for half a century about the loss of their beloved Dodgers. But few know Los Angeles almost voted the team out of town. "Bum's Rush" tells the tale of the Dodgers' 1958 move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles - from LA's point of view.
Marketing maven Jinx Riley is lured out west from New York to work on the Proposition B campaign to keep the Dodgers out of Los Angeles. She discovers that her new partner is also her ex-husband, J. Patrick Donovan - a man who "wears a smile as well as he wears a suit." Her romantic life becomes more complicated when her former flame, New York sportswriter Mike Morales, shows up. Mike introduces Jinx to Palo Verde - the neighborhood destroyed to make way for Dodger Stadium. "Bum's Rush" also features a singing Walter O'Malley. The Dodger owner shares his philosophy of true love.
Playwright Hopes for a Hit
When the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, hearts were broken in Brooklyn as scorned fans bid farewell to their beloved bums.
Across the country it was a different story. A love affair with the team blossomed.
Such was the case with Kitty Felde. Her passion for baseball is rooted in sensual childhood memories from the Dodgers' honeymoon period in Los Angeles: the smell of cut grass as dad mowed the lawn while Vin Scully's silky-smooth play-by-play flowed from a red transistor radio.
Felde's love for baseball has transcended two low points: one, as a reporter, when a major league manager turned and spit tobacco juice on her shoes; and another, her miserable, two-inning failure as a radio baseball announcer, when vision problems made her misjudge the flight of the ball as she described its path to confused listeners.
No wonder that when Felde turns to creative writing, her subject is the nation's pastime.
"Baseball is a whole experience. It smells good, and it's wonderful to watch," said Felde, a 36-year-old radio journalist from Mar Vista.
Felde's fourth play, "Bum's Rush," tells the story of the political dealings that brought the Dodgers to Los Angeles. Hardly the stuff for a romantic comedy, and a musical at that — yet that's how Felde has written it. Glenn Mehrbach wrote the lyrics and music.
A free staged reading of the play, produced as part of the Los Angeles Festival, will be preserved today at 2 p.m. at the Santa Monica Public Library auditorium.
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