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by Lydia R. Diamond
Mar 5–29, 2020
“I play with 'the big boys.' Only ever did play with boys, even when I was a little girl.”—Toni Stone
Toni Stone dreams of nothing but baseball. But to become the first woman to play professionally with men as a member of the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns, she must confront hostile crowds, ruthless team owners, and players who slide spikes first. As she negotiates life’s challenges and opportunities on and off the field, Toni stays true to herself and reaches for who she can be.
In this new play, playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Broadway’s Stick Fly and Showtime’s The Affair) uncovers the theatrical journey in Martha Ackmann’s book, Curveball: The Remarkable True Story of Toni Stone. The culmination of a seven-year collaboration between Diamond and director Pam MacKinnon, Toni Stone is the extraordinary, real-life story of a trail-blazing Bay Area athlete.
This production contains haze, strong language, and mature themes. For additional context about this production, click here. Note: Includes spoilers.
A.C.T. is proud to partner with the San Francisco Giants on this production!
Support for this production provided by The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation & National Endowment for The Arts.
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