Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting
Written by Ed Schmidt
April 9, 1947
Baseballâ€™s Opening Day is one week away, and Branch Rickey, General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, will call up Jackie Robinson to break the color-barrier and play as the Major Leagueâ€™s first black ballplayer. If he does, Robinson will face loud and heated opposition from virtually every owner, manager, and player in baseball â€“ and it wonâ€™t be a cakewalk with the fans, either. Who will be his allies if he makes the most daring and important play of his life?
Award-winning Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks (Black Diamond, Fedra: Queen of Haiti) directs this dazzling fast-ball script by Ed Schmidt. When 1947â€™s biggest African American personalities â€“ baseball great-to-be Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Louis, entertainer Bill â€śBojanglesâ€ť Robinson, actor and activist Paul Robeson â€“ meet, ideas and ideals clash and sparks fly, and Americaâ€™s national pastime will never be the same.
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Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting is recommended for audiences age 12 and older.
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