Director Matthew S. Robinson of BlackBalled: The rise and fall of Negro League Baseball. (Photo by Noel Moul)
BlackBalled: The rise and fall of Negro League Baseball, based on the true story of Negro League Baseball, is a new ensemble play by Matthew S. Robinson. Inspired by his own family history, Robinson delves into the peak of National Negro League (NNL) baseball, an "organization worth millions of dollars destroyed almost overnight" by the virtual usurping of talented players like Jackie Robinson by major league baseball.
In an interview at Oeno Vino Wines
of director Robinson, from his research and press notes the story follows NNL movers, shakers, and players, Effa Manley (Asia Pitts), co-owner/owner of the NNL Newark Eagles baseball franchise and "the first and thus far only woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame," Cumberland Posey (Alex Skinner) "the only man to be inducted into both the Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame," Gus Greenlee (Twon Pope) the "first African American to own his own professional baseball field," Jackie Robinson (David Cork), the "first African American to break the infamous color barrier of Major League Baseball", and baseball player John Fletcher (Robbie DeVillez).
Performance dates are Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 9 p.m., Thursday June 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 7 p.m., and Saturday June 23, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. For tickets visit hff18.org/5051.
Podcast: Director, writer, and actor, Matthew S. Robinson, discussed his show BlackBalled: The rise and fall Of Negro League Baseball, with Monique A. LeBleu of Better Lemons, at the Oeno Vino Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Blackballed: The rise and fall of Negro League Baseball comes to The Complex (Ruby Theatre) for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Saturday, June 3 - June 23, 2018.
Intro/outro: Backed Vibes by Kevin MacLeod
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