Tony Nominee Tom Wopat Part of Staged Readings of Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting
29 Nov 2012
R. Erin Craig presents by-invitation-only staged readings of Ed Schmidt's Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting Nov. 29-30 in New York City.
The cast features Justiin Davis, Anthony Fleming III, Dion Graham, Javon Johnson, Ernest Perry and Tony nominee Tom Wopat as Branch Rickey. J. Nicole Brooks directs.
Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting was produced earlier this year by the 2011 Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago.
The play is described as such: "April 9, 1947 - Baseball’s Opening Day is one week away, and Branch Rickey, General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, will call up Jackie Robinson to break the color-barrier and play as the Major League’s first black ballplayer. If he does, Robinson will face loud and heated opposition from virtually every owner, manager, and player in baseball – and it won’t be a cakewalk with the fans, either. Who will be his allies if he makes the most daring and important play of his life?"
The readings are stage managed by Bernita Robinson.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.