Rosewood Center’s Young Adult Relevant Drama
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
The Heroic Story
of Jackie Robinson
May 7 – May 23, 2010
Brooklyn, New York, 1947 …Before a crowd of 26,623 Americans, an African
American baseball player suits up in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and takes second
base. On that day, despite hisses,
walkouts and even death threats, Jackie Robinson heroically breaks the
“color” barrier for the National Baseball League and forever changes the
world of sports!
In celebration of the indomitable human spirit, DCT’s
National Touring Company brings their
highly praised production, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, home to the Rosewood Center.
It’s the inspirational
story of one of America’s true heroes, Jackie Robinson, the first African
American to break the color-barrier of professional, major league baseball, May
May 23, 2010 at
DCT’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts.
VALUABLE PLAYER was conceived by Gayle Cornelison and was written by Mary Hall
Surface along with the original cast of the California Theatre Center.
This compelling drama focuses on Robinson’s personal sacrifices and
triumphs as he ventures beyond the Negro League to integrate baseball without
violence. Robinson overcomes
threats, taunts and other forms of racism, putting aside his own pride and anger
for the good of all African American players. DCT’s National Tour Director,
Sally Fiorello, says, “He was a pioneer in the civil rights movement, a
courageous advocate who led by a nonviolent example.
He was a great baseball player, as well as a great man.”
Robinson’s courage and dignity under enormous pressure opened the gates
of the ballpark for other African Americans and changed the entire nation.
Jackie Robinson still serves as
an inspirational source of strength, persistence and the unlimited potential of
all humanity. As Robinson himself
states, “Lord knows I’m no politician.
But I have changed things . . . with my glove and with my bat.
Every time a black child, a Mexican child, ANY child, gets a door slammed
in his face, I’ll be standin’ right beside him . . . Jackie Robinson’s
gonna be there, battin’ a thousand for anybody who needs me.”
Jackie Robinson, the grandson of
a slave, excelled in sports at a young age.
With the encouragement of his mother, he attended UCLA and became the
first person to receive four varsity sports letters while there.
After an overseas stint during World War II, Robinson signed his first
professional baseball contract with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro
On August 28, 1945, Major League
Baseball broke its apartheid agreement when Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn
Dodgers, signed Robinson. Through
much of Jackie’s early career, he endured the indignities and barriers of
racism both on and off the field – indignities that would have caused a lesser
man to quit. In Jackie’s case,
these impediments only served to inspire him to higher standards.
During his ten season career with the Dodgers he compiled a lifetime
batting average of .311, stole home plate more than 19 times, was named to six
All-Star teams, received the coveted MVP award and was inducted into the
Baseball Hall of Fame. Through it
all, he remembered Branch Rickie’s words; he fought racism with the
“strength of his spirit.” He
was a landmark in American history, in the world of sports, and in the battle
for civil rights in the United States.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER covers the
years from 1935 to 1949 in Jackie Robinson’s life, moving fluidly through time
and place employing the use of imaginative staging and ensemble acting.
The set design and projections of original photos and voiceovers
establish the various locations in Jackie’s life and recall both the painful
isolation and excitement of his “glory days”.
TEXAS RANGERS HOST DCT FOR CEREMONIAL FIRST
Rick Spivey who plays Jackie Robinson in DCT’s National Touring Production of
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER will throw the ceremonial first pitch when the Texas
Rangers host the Oakland A’s on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 pm.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to witness this exciting
collaboration between the Texas Rangers and Dallas Children’s Theater in honor
of Jackie Robinson!
anyone who loves baseball or American history, for anyone who loves a good story
about an underdog who becomes a winner, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER is a “grand
slam” hit about a true American hero. It’s a lesson
in dignity and integrity that continues to reverberate today!
Enjoyed by ages 11 and up (historic language used).
Jackie Robinson – Rick Spivey
Branch Rickey/Ensemble – Charles Ryan Roach
Leo Durocher/Ensemble – Cody Hinson
Pee Wee Reese/Ensemble – Joe Aholt
Ruth Warton/Ensemble – Billie Bryant
Featuring the voices of Phillis Cicero, Sean Massey, Rhianna Mack,
Philip John Garno,
Marco Salinas, Andy Long & Douglass Burks
Director - Andy Long
Set & Video Designer - Randel Wright
Lighting Designer - Linda Blase & Melissa Cashion
Costume Designer - Barbara Cox
Sound Designer - Marco Salinas
Stage Manager - Philip John Garno
Technical Director – Phil Zychowski
Tour Manager - Sally Fiorello
CHILDREN’S THEATER, STUDIO THEATER
CENTER FOR FAMILY ARTS
Skillman Street, Dallas, Texas 75231
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:
May 7, 14, 21
May 15, 22
1:30pm & 4:30pm
May 16, 23
1:30pm & 4:30pm
Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 8 at 1:30pm; Remaining Saturdays at 1:30pm
& 4:30pm; Sundays at 1:30pm & 4:30pm
- $18 Adult & Youth Section A; $12 Adult & Youth Section B
- $23 Adult / $21 Youth Section A; $18 Adult / $16 Youth Section B
senior discount - $20 Section A, $16 Section B
college student discount - $19 Section A, $14 Section B
Box Office: 214-740-0051
also available on-line! www.dct.org
Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Please call ArtReach Booking at 214-219-2049.
VALUABLE PLAYER is
sponsored by The Hersh Foundation
Children's Theater's 2009-2010 Season is sponsored by WFAA-TV Channel 8; 103.7
Lite FM; Maintenance of Dallas, Inc.; The Rosewood Foundation; Target; TACA;
Charles Schwab & Co.; M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation; The Hersh
Foundation; Vinson & Elkins; Texas Instruments Foundation and the Dee
and Charles Wyly Family. Co-produced by El Centro Community College and
supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, National
Endowment for the Arts, and Texas Commission on the Arts. American
Airlines is the official airline of Dallas Children's Theater
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