"In celebration of Black History Month, Twin City Stage will present Play to Win: The Jackie Robinson Story on Saturday, February 28 at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. The show begins at 11 am and runs approximately one hour. All tickets are $12 for general admission and may be purchased at the box office window one hour prior to curtain, or online at www.childrenstheatrews.org.
Recommended for 2nd-8th grade audiences, Play to Win will be performed by Birmingham Children’s Theatre (www.bct123.org).
In this inspiring musical, Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, makes it very clear to a hopeful Jackie Robinson that in order to succeed in the major leagues, Robinson will have to endure racial hatred, insults, and abuse in silence, while still playing to win. Through his determination, dignity and resolve, Robinson paved the way for ballplayers, athletes and countless other Americans to look past the color of their skin and to reach for the stars. Although this musical is aimed at young audiences, all ages will enjoy this portrayal of Jackie Robinson’s determination to be the best despite seemingly insurmountable odds.
In partnership with Bookmarks, Twin City Stage is pleased and very honored to welcome Sharon Robinson to this performance. The daughter of Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson is the educational consultant for Major League Baseball. She manages Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students to face obstacles in their lives. Robinson is also the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. She has written several widely praised books about her father, including Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America and Jackie Robinson: American Hero (children's biography). Bookmarks will have these books available for purchase in the lobby and Ms. Robinson will be signing books before and after the performance.
Twin City Stage is celebrating its 80th Season in 2014-15. Founded in 1935 as The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, the company merged with The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem in 2011. It provides exciting and innovative live theatre for people of all ages and offers acting classes and summer camps for children and teens. www.twincitystage.org"
- A Press Release