Cincinnati Black Theatre Company to Perform New Play Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting at the Freedom Center

The play imagines a meeting between Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Branch Rickey to strategize how to drop a baseball bombshell.

Feb 16, 2023 at 12:56 pm
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center - Photo: Facebook.com/FreedomCenter
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host the premiere of the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company’s new play “Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting.”

According to a press release, the play imagines a meeting in 1947 between famous baseball player Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Louis, performer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey to brainstorm a strategy for dropping a baseball bombshell.

The play was written by Ed Schmidt, the author of Breaking the Color Barrier with Jackie Robinson. There will be four performances at the Freedom Center:

  • Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and available to purchase on the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company’s website.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, The Banks. More information: www.freedomcenter.org.

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