Rocky Bleir

Rocky Bleier will appear as Judge Randolph at select performances of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “A Few Good Men.”

Pittsburgh Public Theater begins its 45th-anniversary season with Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men.”

Directed by The Public’s artistic director, Marya Sea Kaminski, the play runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 13 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Vietnam War veteran and Mt. Lebanon resident Rocky Bleier will appear as Judge Randolph at select performances, as will KDKA’s Larry Richert.

“This play is an incredible opportunity to gather gifted professionals and citizen artists together to tell this story with grit, authenticity and passion,” Kaminski said. “We expect this to be an event that marks a great moment for us at Pittsburgh Public Theater, of robust imagination and collaboration.”

“A Few Good Men” is set in 1986 in Washington, D.C., and Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

The story concerns two young U.S. Marines, Harold Dawson (Ryan Patrick Kearney) and Louden Downey (Michael Patrick Trimm), accused of killing one of their fellow platoon members while serving at Guantanamo Bay. Assigned to defend them is lawyer Daniel A. Kaffee (Doug Harris), who has more experience with plea bargains than courtroom battles.

But lawyer JoAnne Galloway (Alison Weisgall) believes there are extenuating circumstances that need to be brought up at trial. Even though that means going up against tough-as-nails Col. Nathan Jessep (Burke Moses), the commanding officer at Guantanamo Bay.

Also featured in “A Few Good Men” are Ryan Bergman, Ken Bolden, Monteze Freeland, Kyle Haden, Billy Jenkins, Tom Kolos, Jason McCune, Jaron J. McLain, J. Alex Noble, Brandon Saturley, Cotter Smith and Malic Williams.

In connection with “A Few Good Men,” Pittsburgh Public Theater will host the Veterans Breakfast Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29. The club, founded and led by Mt. Lebanon resident Todd DePastino, includes veterans from all branches of the military who get together to share stories and meals.

The brunch will be open to Pittsburgh Public Theater patrons who purchase tickets to the 2 p.m. performance of “A Few Good Men” Sept. 29, but space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, contact Shaun Hall, director of education and community engagement, at shall@ppt.org. Groups of 10 or more should contact group sales manager, Katina White, at 412.316.8221 or groupsales@ppt.org.