“Jackie and Me” Scores a Home Run, Offers an Essay Contest

The amazing civil rights story of Jackie Robinson is brought to life in Chicago Children’s Theatre’s delightful production “Jackie and Me.”

The play, written by Steve Dietz, is based on Dan Gutman’s popular young adult novel.

Tyler Ross is engaging as Joey Stoshack, a boy obsessed with all things baseball. When Joey is asked to write a report on a famous African American, he decides to travel back in time to 1947 to witness Jackie Robinson’s first game in the major leagues. Kamal Angelo Bolden shines as Jackie, a man who courageously breaks baseball’s color barrier and becomes one of the most influential players of all time.

The play is 80 minutes long with no intermission, but time flies as the audience roots for Jackie and Joey while watching history being made. Even if you don’t like baseball, you’ll love “Jackie and Me.”

“Jackie and Me” runs through March 27 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 North Dearborn St., Chicago. Tickets available here or call the ticket hotline:  866-811-4111.  “Jackie and Me” is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

“Jackie and Me” Essay Contest
How does Jackie Robinson’s story inspire you? Answer this question in 500 words or less, and you’ll be eligible to win an amazing baseball experience prize package courtesy of the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Bash Sports Academy. Dan Gutman, author of “Jackie and Me,” will review the top 25 entries and select 5 winners. Entrants must be 15 years old or younger by March 1, 2011 and entried must be postmarked, or submitted online, no later than Feb. 28. For more information, along with entry forms and contest rules, click here.