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"I am not a legend"

By Gord Carruth & Robert Knuckle


The play ran first in Toronto, Canada, for an extended run. It was nominated  for a DORA AWARD as best new play, and later won the National ACTRA award for best dramatic writing. It played across Canada, and was then invited to the Edinburgh Festival where it won the Critics’ Commendation. The Nederlander organization in New York offered to produce the play on Broadway. The writers did not accept the offer because the terms were not favourable. The play was subsequently adapted for television, and the rights were sold first in Canada for a nation-wide airing and later to ABC/ESPN for airing across the United States.

The Americian stage premiere of the play was produced by the award-winning theatre company, The Kettle Moraine Players, and completed a successful tour through Wisconsin  in October of 2012.


"It was very accurate. I loved it."

- Susan Lombardi (Coach’s daughter)

"A wonderful and memorable evening."

- Lori Keck (Coach’s secretary)

“A passionate interest in the man.”

- Warren Gerds (Green Bay Press Gazette)


P.S. some roles may be doubled at the discretion of the director


1: The immigration officer at Ellis Island

2: Vincenzo Lombardi, Vince’s grandfather

3: The construction boss

4: The Teacher

5: Vince Lombardi

6: Dominic, the trainer

7: Green Bay Player#1

8 Green Bay Player #2

9: Father Tim Moore

10: Marie Lombardi, Vince’s wife

11: Lori, Lombardi’s secretary

12: Bill Austin, Assistant Coach, The Green Bay Packers

13: Phil Bengston, Assistant Coach, The Green Bay Packers

14: Max Magee, a Green Bay Packer player

15: John Edwards, a rookie

16: Bart Starr, a Green Bay Packer player

17: Reporter#1

18: Reporter #2

19: Reporter #3

20: Bill Atwell, a student reporter

21: Jerry Izenberg, a syndicated sports reporter

22: Archbishop Cooke

23: Assistant Priest #1

24: Assistant Priest #2

25: Wellington Mara, owner, New York Giants

26: Edward Bennett Williams, owner, Washington Redskins

27: Jack, a Washington Redskins Player

28: A doctor

29 : Michael Janetta, a hospital orderly

Cast of Characters



One copy of the script. (May be be duplicated for cast and production staff.)




A one-time fee of $500 or $85 for each performance whichever is higher shall be paid by the theatre to Maple Leaf Theatre Productions for the rights to perform, and for all materials listed above:  cf  standard performance contract for other terms.


Royalties shall be paid by the theatre to Maple Leaf Theatre Productions at a rate of 10% of the certified gross box office receipts, not including credit card charges, group sales commissions, and all sales tax, goods and services or similar government taxes. :  cf Production Contract for other terms​.

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