Based on A. Bartlett Giamatti’s essay, “The Green Fields of the Mind.”
Based on A. Bartlett Giamatti’s essay, “The Green Fields of the Mind,” composer Sasha Matson has, with librettist Mark Miller, used baseball as an art form, with the capacity to express the deepest emotional truths about individuals and society, all with five solo singers and a 1950s modern jazz quintet
Angel is the star pitcher for the Bluebloods, having risen high above his impoverished roots in Santo Domingo. Throwing a shadow on his success are the misfortunes of a potentially fatal secret physical defect, and the fact that he has fallen in love above his station, with the upper East side fan, Lilly. Complicating their romance is the nefarious meddling of the catcher Marvin, who resents Angel's inequitable luck. He conspires with an unscrupulous female sports agent Jan to undermine Angel's happiness. The irascible team manager Dutch struggles to keep everyone in line in order to focus on winning games, as they strive against substantial odds in love and baseball.