'League of Their Own' screening to benefit nonprofits
A benefit screening of "A League of Their Own," the comedy-drama about the women's professional baseball league that prospered during World War II, is planned on Sunday, Nov. 16, in the Town Hall auditorium
The show is at 4 p.m. and benefits two nonprofits, the Westport Cinema Initiative and Project Return, the cinema group said.
The 1992 film is a fictionalized account of the Rockford Peaches' opening season in the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which formed in 1943 while many major league players were in the service.
It stars Tom Hanks as a heavy-drinking ex-big-leaguer who manages the team, Geena Davis as the Peaches' catcher and league's best player, plus Madonna as a flirtatious center fielder and Rosie O'Donnell as a fun-loving, but highly competitive third baseman.
Davis was nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe Award and Hanks won the American Comedy Awards' funniest supporting actor award.
Tickets to Sunday's screening are $10, and net proceeds will be shared equally by the Cinema Initiative, which plans to build a downtown movie house, and Project Return, which operates a local group home for adolescent girls and young women in crisis.
A post-film discussion is planned, and the first 30 people who sign up will be invited to a pizza supper at the Project Return house on Compo Road North, the cinema group said.
Tickets will be available at the door and may
be purchased online