Jackie Robinson fan? The Perot has the play for you

Jackie Robinson is a true American hero, having broken the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947 by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was a time when baseball was king, a central part of American sports life. Robinson endured behavior surrounding him that would shock us today, including threats and racial epithets lobbed his way. With dignity and grace, he persevered, preserving a place for African-Americans in the great game on the professional baseball diamond in modern times.

Now, the Dallas Children’s Theater is bringing this story to Texarkana’s Perot Theatre on Monday as part of the TRAHC’s Theatre for Young Audiences program. The play “Most Valuable Player” dramatizes Robinson’s story from his days as a youth to the times when he paved the way for future African-American ball players. There are still plenty of tickets left for the 9:30 a.m. show. It’s a play meant for teens (ages 12 and up), but director Andy Long told me yesterday that adults enjoy it as well. If you’d like to see it, tickets are $7 and available at the Perot Box Office at the show or in advance. More info: 903-792-4992. Check the Friday Accent page in the Gazette at the end of the week for more information, including an interview with the director.

- Aaron Brand

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