MR. RICKEY CALLS A MEETING

January 4 – February 19, 2012

Water Tower Water Works

Written by Ed Schmidt
Directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks

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.

LOOKINGGLASS ARTISTS

Lookingglass is an ensemble based company, with a dedicated group of artists composing its roster of Ensemble Members, Artistic Associates, and Teaching Artists.
BRIAN SIDNEY BEMBRIDGE
Artistic Associate
J. NICOLE BROOKS
Ensemble Member
KEVIN DOUGLAS
Ensemble Member
ANTHONY FLEMING III
Ensemble Member
JOSHUA HORVATH
Artistic Associate
RICK SIMS
Artistic Associate
ALISON SIPLE
Artistic Associate
 

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

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