A trailblazing spirit
April 23 – May 31, 2020
Arena Stage in Association with A.C.T. Presents
The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Production of
By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
In Association with Samantha Barrie
“[Diamond] is a powerfully smart writer”
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.
Commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company and Samantha Barrie.
Toni Stone received development support from the Resident Artists Program at Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
Toni Stone is generously sponsored by , Susan and Steve Bralove, and Sue Henry and Carter Phillips.
This production contains strong language.
DANIEL J. BRYANT
MARQUIS D. GIBSON
KENN E. HEAD
RODNEY EARL JACKSON, JR.
LYDIA R. DIAMOND
CAMILLE A. BROWN
ALLEN LEE HUGHES
In The News
American Theatre Magazine
Lydia Diamond Wins 2020 Horton Foote Playwriting Award
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
For a new play about baseball, the actors needed a designated hitting coach
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