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March 03, 2015

'Field Hockey Hot' heads back to the '80s

11th Hour Theatre Company premieres Michael Ogborn's latest

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Sean C. White as Kennedy Cox in "Field Hockey Hot."

11th Hour Theatre Company, the only professional company in Philadelphia dedicated to just musicals, is premiering its first commissioned piece, "Field Hockey Hot," Thursday, March 5. The fresh story from Michael Ogborn is a satirical send-up of a high-school girls field hockey team and their winning-obsessed coach.

Ogborn approached 11th Hour before completing the project, and the company helped bring it to life - a backward approach for most commissioned works. "Field Hockey Hot" features a pop score inspired by '80s classics, and Ogborn wrote the book, music and lyrics. 

The musical follows the Applebee Academy team on its way to the North American championship. When Applebee's star goalie is hurt just before the big game, the team's coach begins scheming. In a fun twist, the gender-bending cast has men playing the young field hockey players. 

Megan Nicole O'Brien directed the play, which stars Alina John, Alex Keiper, Brendan Norton, Michael Philip O'Brien, Jenna Pastuszek, Rob Tucker, Leah Walton, Ali Wetzel and Sean C. White. 

Field Hockey Hot

Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 22
Showtimes vary | $32-$37
Adrienne Theatre
2030 Sansom St.
(267) 987-9865