Robinson, of course, was Major League Baseball's groundbreaking first black player, and the program will evoke both his bravery and his ease in a difficult national role. "I love doing this," says betts. "I hope people still understand the beauty of a radio drama." And betts notes that Durham's treatment of the Robinson story isn't just a retelling of Robinson's history: "He used a lot of creative license -- it's more like listening to a Shakespeare piece. He thought it would make for great theater."
Batter up! The show, which features a who's-who cast of local African-American actors and singers and will also be broadcast live on community radio KGNU, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the center, located at 10075 Commons Street in Littleton; for tickets, $15, go to lonetreeartscenter.org or call 720-509-1000.
Mon., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., 2013