OPUS 3 WELCOMES ROCKY BLEIER IN THE PLAY

04.20.18
Rocky Bleier in The Play

“The son of a bar owner from Appleton, Wisconsin, who went on to be a Notre Dame football captain, a Vietnam wounded warrior and a 1,000-yard rusher during the Steelers’ 1970s dynasty years, has enough stories for several lifetimes, actually, and certainly enough to fill 90 compelling minutes.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Opus 3 Artists welcomes Rocky Bleier with his one-man-show, The Play. The four-time Super Bowl champion details his almost unbelievable life story in a 90-minute play directed by Scott C. Wise and written by Gene Collier, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports journalist and co-author of The Chief, The Pittsburgh Public Theater's hit about Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. The Play takes the audience into three bars from Rocky's life where he tells stories of family, war, and the heart of Steeler Nation.

In The Play, Rocky recalls being selected in the 16th round of the 1968 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be drafted one year later by the Army and sent to Vietnam. Severely injured, he was expected to never play football again. However with personal determination and the encouragement of Steelers owner Art Rooney and other team members, Rocky was back at training camp in 1970 where he became part of the Steelers dynasty, whose Super Bowl victories include 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980.

Journey through the decades via familial anecdotes, tales of Steelers glory, and multimedia projections that bring Rocky's remarkable story to life. The Pittsburgh City Paper called it an “evening very much like hanging out at your favorite bar, while one of the locals spins out several entertaining yarns about his life.” This heartfelt and inspiring show is perfect for sports fans of all ages.

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