Toni Stone dreams of nothing but baseball. But to become the first woman to play professionally as a member of the Negro League's Indianapolis Clowns, she must confront hostile crowds, ruthless team owners, and players who slide spikes first. As she negotiates life's challenges and opportunities on and off the field, Toni stays true to herself and reaches for who she can be.
Toni Stone (1931-1996) was, according to Wikipedia, one of the first three women to play professional baseball in the Negro League; starting in 1954 she played with the San Francisco Sea Lions. Now Lydia R. Diamond’s new play about her, which premiered in New York directed by A.C.T.’s Pam MacKinnon, makes its West Coast premiere here. Described as a drama about “race, gender and ambition,” it features Dawn Ursula as Toni.