Jackie and Me: Production tells Robinson's story
Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:00 AM
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville will host a show about racial issues and baseball when it presents "Jackie and Me" on Feb. 23.
The play is set in Brooklyn in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League baseball after being drafted and signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The plot centers on Joey Stoshack, a headstrong boy who learns of Robinson's hardships when he travels through time to 1947 and watches Robinson's interactions with teammates, owners and fans. Stoshack's interactions with Robinson change the young boy's views of history and his definition of courage, according to the theater's website.
The show will be performed at the StageOne Family Theatre and is considered an "in-depth look at racial divisions within our national pastime in a segregated United States," according to the website.
The play takes a look at how Robinson changed the sport and the nation and also looks at how Robinson changed over that time.
The show contains strong language that was prevalent in the 1940s, and is not recommended for young children. The show lasts about 70 minutes.
Performances will begin at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St., Louisville. The theater suggests allowing for additional time for parking due to construction on Sixth Street.
Tickets are available at the box office for $19.75 and can be obtained by calling (800) 775-7777. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.