Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents ‘The Play’

ROcky Bleier in “The Play”

The four-time Super Bowl champ brings his one-man show back to The O’Reilly.

Pittsburgh Public Theater welcomes back former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier to perform his one-man show, “The Play,” live on the O’Reilly Theater stage. Based on Rocky’s life story, “The Play” was written by Gene Collier, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports journalist and co-author (with Rob Zellers) of “The Chief,” The Public’s hit play about Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr.

Directed by Scott C. Wise, “The Play” will run through Jan. 6 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District.

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 U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam.

Severely injured, he was not expected to ever play football again.

But with personal determination and the encouragement of Rooney and team members, Rocky was back at training camp in 1970.

He went on to became part of the Steelers dynasty, whose Super Bowl victories include 1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980.

Bleier first performed “The Play” at The O’Reilly during the last holiday season. C

 For tickets call 412-316-1600, go to ppt.org, or visit the O’Reilly box office.