Arena Stage Toni Stone by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon Choreographed by Camille A. Brown A coproduction with American Conservatory Theater July 3 – Aug 9, 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.