Packer’s fans remember coach Vince Lombardi for his dedication to the game of football, and now you can see his intensity and passion brought from the field to the stage in the play, Lombardi.
“It’s about his life, his marriage to his wife, Marie, and his dealings with his players,” said Play Director, Pat Payne. He says this is truly a special story taking you back to 1965, that shines a light on one of football’s all-time greatest characters.
“His wife says there are 3 things in this world he loved; god, his family, and the Green Bay Packers, not necessarily in that order,” said Payne.
The plot, heard through the eyes of a news reporter, explores the relationship between Lombardi’s family, the press, and his players.
“I would say intensity is a key characteristic of Vince Lombardi,” said Actor, Steve Myers, who played the role of Lombardi on stage. “Every intricate detail of a football game and all of his personal relationships, he is a type of guy that everything is on the line, all the time, with everybody, at everything.”
Making his Wisconsin stage debut as Packers linebacker, Dave Robinson, is Local Five’s own Ahman Green. The Packer’s hall-of-famer and all-time leading rusher explained to us that acting and playing in the NFL are one in the same.
“What are the similarities? Practice. Just getting that time in, working on it, and working on it on your own, too,” said Green. “I will be practicing in my head when I wake up in the morning, whispering to myself just mouthing the words while I’m driving.”
Ahman’s co-stars really enjoyed the chance to be on stage with the Packer great.
“It’s acting with a legend. He’s not legendary in his acting, although he is pretty good. He’s a natural,” said Myers.
For play director, Pat Payne, it was no-brainer bringing a football expert on set.
For Ahman Green, it was a chance to give some real football insight to the other actors playing the roles of Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor. Those actors feeling the nerves of having to play those roles in front of the Packers legends, who plan on making it to the show this week.
“(Payne) asked what the locker room is really like and how does it feel,” said Green. “It’s a locker room scene and he wanted to know how we would react to the coach being on our butts about practicing harder, and better, and more perfect, like Lombardi did.”
“He was a very fair man, and I think that transcended his views of everything, including race,” said Myers. “I think if we had a lot more Vince Lombardis in this world, it would be a better place.”
It’s a play that not only will give you a lesson in football, but will tackle your emotions as well. A great homage to the legend, Vince Lombardi.
If you want to catch the play you can see it a few more times this week at the Leslie Johnson Theatre in Sheboygan, connected to Horace Mann Middle School.
The show begins at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information, please visit the show’s website here.