Ed Schmidt’s play takes us to a spring day in 1947. Branch Rickey, the powerful general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, summons heavyweight champion Joe Louis, tap star Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, and actor Paul Robeson to his hotel room in Manhattan. Rickey wants their support when he chooses Jackie Robinson to be Major League Baseball’s first black player. But a power struggle ensues when the eloquent Robeson raises questions about Rickey’s motivations to integrate white baseball.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:
Edward Asner as Branch Rickey
David Downing as Clancy Hope (Elder)
Tommy Hicks as Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson
Carl Lumbly as Paul Robeson
Sterling Macer as Jackie Robinson
Charlie Robinson as Joe Louis
Rugg Williams as Clancy Hope
Includes interviews with baseball historian Lee Lowenfish, and former Major League pitcher Al Downing.
Directed by Sheldon Epps. Recorded before a live audience at the DoubleTree Suites, Santa Monica in May of 1996.
“…Perfect listening for audiobook lovers, students of history, and baseball fans alike.” ― AudioFile Magazine