Three actors portray COBB at various stages of his distinctive life. Kent Butler as the elder “Mr. Cobb”, Daniel Sykes as young “The Peach”, and Bert Emmett as middle-aged “Ty”, as well as Jason Delane playing “Oscar Charleston” also known as “The Black Cobb”. Each one of these talented actors bring substance and intensity to their respective characters taking us to the essence of the man. Throughout the play they appear together on stage, confronting each other in quick repartee and sometimes arguing in defense of the actions they have taken. Ty Cobb was a violent, aggressive and racist man who became baseball’s first millionaire and created world records for his accomplished skill on the field. But he found ways to justify his actions. We get to see many of the demons that dominated him, jostling between the Cobbs. Many of these demons are not pretty to look at, but give us a close look at this flawed man, and why he was known for the arguments, suspensions and fights, and not just on the field.
Gregg T. Daniel has directed an extraordinary version of this play. His direction gives us movement and action on stage, and the intensity necessary to keep us wanting more. Once again Chris Winfield creates a great set allowing the actors to move freely on stage.
This has been an amazing week of theatre in NoHo, and COBB is an amazing play and one not to be missed. Remarkable writing, impressive acting, outstanding direction. And no man wants to be forgotten, and COBB is one you will remember.
Cast: Kent Butler, Jason Delane, Bert Emmett, Daniel Sykes
Director: Gregg T. Daniel
Producer for the Group Rep: Richard Alan Woody
Stage Manager/Sound Operator: Donna Michel
Set Design: Chris Winfield
Lighting Design: Sabrina Beattie
Costume Design: Liz Nankin
Sound Design: Steve Shaw
Fight Choreographer: Edgar Landa
Baseball Coach: Greg Johnson
Assistant Director: Colette Rosario
Public Relations: Nora Feldman
Graphic Design: Doug Haverty – art & soul design
Program: Kady Douglas, FootLights, Inc.
Lonny Chapman Theater
10900 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Reservations/Tickets/Information: www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990
Performances: February 17, 2012 – April 7, 2012: Runs in rotating rep with IF WE ARE WOMEN
Tickets: $15 - $22
Parking: Ample street parking and early-bird lot parking available
Running Time: 90 minutes (performed without intermission)