Roundabout Theatre Company unhinges the silence surrounding the trophies and excellence of the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League, Toni Stone.

With its playwright by Lydia R. Diamond, Toni Stone‘s narrative is beautifully extended by Obie Award winner, April Matthis — theatrically tying baseball stats to the ugly nuances of the time. The play tackles identity politics, and Stone’s pursuit for a seat in the dugout, and place alongside men she plays harder than on the field.

Matthis’ matter-of-fact approach towards Stone’s love for the game brings the athlete’s most-inner reflections to center stage, both personally and professionally. The leading lady’s all-star castmates Eric Berryman (Stretch,) Daniel J. Bryant (Spec,) Toney Goins (Jimmy,) and Phillip James Brannon (King Tut) spotlight restrictive barriers set in place by white counterparts and the tenacity to navigate in baseball, despite it all.

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Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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