“Toni Stone” Show with D.C. Bruins

Fri 9/24 • 5PM PDT

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Join the D.C. Bruins for a production of “Toni Stone” at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The role of Toni Stone is performed by UCLA student Santoya Fields, exp. ’23.

History is filled with trailblazers, and Toni Stone was one of them. Considered a pioneer, Toni Stone is the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, also making her the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league in the 1950s. Against all odds, Stone shattered expectations and created her own set of rules in the male-dominated sports world. Based on Martha Ackmann’s book “Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone,” award-winning playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Smart People, The Bluest Eye) tells the dynamic story of Stone’s journey of perseverance and resilience just to do what she loved the most — play baseball.

Santoya Fields, exp. ’23 (Toni Stone) is excited to be making her debut at the Arena Stage. She is a teaching artist and actor whose credits include “School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play” (Berkeley Repertory Theater); “Men on Boats” (American Conservatory Theater), “Black Odyssey” (California Shakespeare Theater) and “White”(Shotgun Players). For her performance in “White,” Fields was nominated for two theater awards. Offstage, Santoya studies African American Studies at UCLA. She is advocate for arts and education, and creates workshops and trainings focused on historical cultural awareness, racial esteem and equality in organizations and classrooms.

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