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St. Louis’ Metro Theater Company Presents ‘Jackie And Me’

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Jackie Robinson was a baseball player who broke the so-called “color barrier,” becoming the first African American player in Major League Baseball’s modern era.

He debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

St. Louis’ Metro Theater Company presents a play about the life of Jackie Robinson called Jackie and Me.

The production follows Joey Stoshack, a boy who discovers a rare baseball card is his ticket to travel back in time to Branch Rickey’s office on the day Robinson becomes an MLB player.

Metro Theater Company continues,

The extraordinary twist:  Joey is now black, too. An exciting play that illuminates Jackie Robinson’s courage and dignity in the face of cruel racial prejudice, Jackie and Me will have you on the edge of your seat as we all root for the man who changed the face of the game.  Play Ball!

Host Steve Potter talked with Carol North, artistic director  of Metro Theater Company.

Potter also talked with Beth Louis. Louis is the granddaughter of Branch Rickey. Rickey signed Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball with the Dodgers.

Finally, Steve Potter talked with former baseball player George Altman. Altman, of O’Fallon, MO, played briefly in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas City Monarchs and later played for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Metro Theater Company Presents "Jackie and Me"
January 11 - 27, 2013
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Washington University's Edison Theatre

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