Lombardi, which opens Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Johnston Center for Performing Arts at Lincoln College, follows Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi through a week in the 1965 NFL season as he attempts to lead his team to the championship.
Lombardi, is based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss. In the play, a young Look Magazine reporter, Michael McCormick (Played by Bradyn Wambach) travels to Green Bay to discover what makes Lombardi win.
He finds in Lombardi (played by Steven Stowers), a man who can be abusive to his players, dismissive to his wife and yet, is harder on himself than on anyone else. Through encounters with Marie Lombardi (Mia Avila), and players Dave Robinson (Daniel Howard), Jim Taylor (Roland Williams) and Paul Hornung (Miguel Garcia), McCormick gains insights into “the most imperfect, perfect man” he ever met.
Lombardi premiered on Broadway in 2010. The Lincoln College production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov 9-11 and on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. The play will continue next Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Director is Doug Rosson, lead faculty for the Lincoln College Theatre Department. Katie Eickhoff is the technical director, while Jessica Sutton is in charge of lights and Jacqueline Ishmael is the stage manager. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Johnston Center box office at 217-735-7280.