April 9, 1947
Baseball’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 League’s first black ballplayer. If he does, Robinson will face loud and heated opposition from virtually every owner, manager, and player in baseball – and it won’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 1947’s biggest African American personalities – baseball great-to-be Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Louis, entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, actor and activist Paul Robeson—meet, ideas and ideals clash and sparks fly, and America’s national pastime will never be the same.
Featuring Ensemble Members Kevin Douglas, Anthony Fleming III, with Javon Johnson, James Vincent Meredith, Larry Neumann, Jr., and Ernest Perry, Jr.
Production Sponsor: Sara Lee
Supporter of Arts Education Programs: JP Morgan Chase
Presenting Sponsor of the Study Guide: Allstate
Opening Night Sponsor: Park Hyatt Chicago