Alliance Theatre is shining a light on an unheralded, groundbreaking figure in history.

Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone makes its Atlanta debut on the Coca-Cola Stage through February 27, 2022, telling the true story of the first female professional baseball player. As a co-production with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Toni Stone is directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden.

About Toni Stone

Toni Stone shines a light on the story on the first woman to go pro with an American big-league professional baseball team when she joined for the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns – filling a newly vacated spot left by Hank Aaron when he moved up to join the Milwaukee Braves. Against all odds, Toni blazed a path in the male-dominated sports world, breaking through the limitations others placed on her, and creating her own set of rules. The production follows Toni’s journey as she fights for love, equality, and a chance to do what she wants to do most – play baseball.

Production Photos from Toni Stone at Milwaukee Repertory Theater

About the Company

The cast features Kedren Spencer (Regional: The Tempest, Evita) as Toni Stone, with Sekou Laidlow (Broadway: Boys in the Band) as Alberga, Amar Atkins (Broadway tour: The Color Purple) as Elzie, Dimonte Henning (Regional: Stick Fly) as Woody, Enoch King (Synchronicity Theatre: The Bluest Eye) as Millie, Eric J. Little (Aurora Theatre: Clybourne Park) as King, Lau’rie Roach (Alliance Theatre: Slur) as Jimmy, Dane Troy (Theatrical Outfit: My Children! My Africa!) as Stretch and Geoffrey D. Williams (Theatrical Outfit: Thurgood) as Spec.

Award-winning director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (School Girls (Or the African Mean Girls Play), Eclipsed) leads the way, with choreography by Dell Howlett (Guthrie Theater: Guys and Dolls), set design by Tony Cisek (Two Trains Running), costume design by Kara Harmon (Eclipsed), lighting design by Thom Weaver (Regional: Junk), original music and composition by Derek A. Graham (Portland Center Stage: Redwood), and sound design by Sharath Patel (ACT: Pass Over). Also in the company are Dialect Coach Shadana Patterson, Intimacy Director Sasha Nicole Smith, Intimacy Consultant Laura Hackman, and Stage Manager Shaina Pierce.

Additional production support is provided by Line Producer Jody Feldman, Covid Coordinator Haylee Scott, and Mental Health Consultant Laura Morse, MS, LPC, CPCS. 

Tickets to Toni Stone

Tickets are available at Alliance Theatre Box Office by calling 404-733-4600 or online at  Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690. 

The Coca-Cola Stage is located in the Woodruff Arts Center, Memorial Arts Building: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

About Sally Henry Fuller

A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people's stories, Sally Henry Fuller is a performing arts journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Josh Gad, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has also been featured on, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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