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A trailblazing spirit

Toni Stone

  • Credits

    Written by Lydia R. Diamond
    Directed by Pam MacKinnon
    In Association with American Conservatory Theater

  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

“[Diamond] is a powerfully smart writer”

 New York Times

Considered a pioneer, Toni Stone is the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, also making her the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league in the 1950s. Against all odds, Stone blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, shattering expectations and creating her own set of rules. Based on Martha Ackmann’s book Curveball, The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the latest work from award-winning playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Smart People, The Bluest Eye) tells the dynamic and uplifting story of Stone’s journey of perseverance and resilience just to do what she loved the most — play baseball.

Toni Stone is generously sponsored by AT&T, Susan and Steve BraloveExelon and Sue Henry and Carter Phillips.


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"Toni Stone" at Arena Stage

In The News

Wall Street Journal

Toni Stone: A Pioneer of America’s Pastime

New York Times

Big-League Baseball’s First Woman, on a Stage of Her Own

Washington Post

For a new play about baseball, the actors needed a designated hitting coach

Accessible Performances

Closed Captioning
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Open Captioning
Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m.

Audio Described
Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m.


Post-Show Discussions
Wednesday, May 6 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 19 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 21 at 8 p.m.

Southwest Night
Sunday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase