The Natural Local Virtual Education

Join Virtual Education Seminar!

Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!

Run Time: 60 min.

Virtual Education Seminar “The Natural” with guest author Dennis Snelling

Dennis will be talking about the similarities and differences between the book and the film, some of the themes of the story, and also about some of the real-life inspirations for the story, Joe Jackson and the Black Sox scandal, and shootings of two ballplayers, Billy Jurges and Eddie Waitkus, that serve as the basis for the shooting of Roy Hobbs in the film.

Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. 14-year-old Hobbs fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy, who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobb’s career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from The New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chance to lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.


When you register for this virtual education seminar, the program will be presented in three parts.

On Monday, August 17, you’ll receive an email to download and watch a pre-taped lecture, to view before the film at your convenience.

Then, you can go off and watch the film on your own. Please note, The State is not able to provide the film ourselves, but you can find where to stream it here.

Make sure you watch the film before the discussion, which will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00pm PST over Zoom. Before the discussion, you can submit questions for the instructor here: You’ll also have the opportunity to submit questions during the discussion!

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