Matty- An Evening with Christy Mathewson-baseball legend comes to life Play at the Santa Monica Playhouse- Feb. 23-25, 2024 – Preview, Tickets

Eddie Frierson’s MATTY: an Evening with Christy Mathewson – a baseball legend comes to life!

Santa Monica Playhouse, in Association with the Mathewson Foundation, is proud to present the smash hit Off-Broadway show – perfect for the whole family!

“A perfect pitch! Pure Virtuosity!” – Clive Barnes, New York Post.

It’s a three-show-only home series of Eddie Frierson’s widely acclaimed theatrical show. “One of the Year’s Ten Best Plays! Whether you are a baseball fan or not, Eddie Frierson’s play, “MATTY: An Evening With Christy Mathewson,” is a superb theatrical experience. “MATTY hits a home run!” National Public Radio (NPR). Written and performed by Eddie Frierson. Directed by Kerrigan Mahan.

“Matty” is the life story of Christy Mathewson, legendary hall-of-fame pitcher for the New York Giants (1900 to 1916), gentleman, philosopher and first true American hero who inspired a whole generation of fans to make baseball America’s pastime. Besides his ballpark records, still among the most impressive ever posted, he was an author of books for boys, toured in vaudeville, made a motion picture, and was a war hero, a coach, a sports writer and very likely the first major sports figure to be a product spokesperson.

“It’s 100% true that you don’t have to be a baseball fan to be completely engaged by Eddie Frierson’s performance. He leaves the audience with a real appreciation of Christy Mathewson, and the place and time in which he was an authentic hero. On the other hand, if you are a baseball fan, you will be amazed at how much you didn’t know about “Matty,” his contemporaries, and the dramatic baseball events of their time.” Bob Costas, NBC

“A magnificent trip back in time! I recommend it highly!” Keith Olbermann, ESPN

”Remarkable! This show is as memorable as an exciting World Series game and it wakes up the echoes about why we love baseball. When MATTY comes to your town don’t miss it! A great way to get hooked on baseball again!” USA TODAY

“Charming! Amusing! Great!” Wilborn Hampton, The New York Times

Frierson, who researched and developed the play, is also a college-educated all-American ballplayer. A baseball scholarship brought him to UCLA to pitch for the Bruins. While there he also pursued a degree in theatre and, as he says, realizing that he would never be a hall-of-famer, bypassed a professional baseball career in order to pursue acting. Staying close to his athletic roots after graduation, he was the head baseball coach at Santa Monica High School while looking for the perfect vehicle to launch his acting career. He found that vehicle with the Christy Matthewson story, spending twelve years researching and developing it into “Matty,” which had one of its first public performances at Santa Monica Playhouse in 1989.  Ironically, he has clearly gone farther in baseball through the stage than he ever would have on the field as it is because of his performance as “Matty” that he was ushered into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as an “Honorary Inductee.”


Santa Monica Playhouse programs are support in part by generous grants from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Ahmanson Foundation and Playhouse PALS.


Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm, February 23-24-25 only.

$20; $15 for kids under 12; proceeds benefit the Playhouse Keep Our Doors Open Campaign




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