Fri 22 Aug, 2014
Tags: ArtoCarpus, Chicago Premiere, Clemente: The Legend of 21, NightBlue Performing Arts Company, Roberto Clemente, Stage 773
Clemente: The Legend of 21
NightBlue Performing Arts Company, in partnership with ArtoCarpus, proudly presents the Chicago Premiere of Clemente: The Legend of 21 at Stage 773. This musical, written and directed by the renowned Luis Caballero, tells the tale of struggle and triumph for one of baseball’s greatest players, Roberto Clemente. Beginning on the day of his death, this musical chronicles Clemente’s life from enduring poverty and racism to becoming an inspiration for generations to come.
Clemente was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player who played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the first Latino player to win a World Series as a starter and received numerous awards during his career including National League and World Series MVP, being named All-Star 12 times and inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously. His passion, aside from baseball, was charity work in Puerto Rico and Latin American countries where he delivered food and baseball equipment to those in need. He perished in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 while in route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
“Clemente is a monumental figure for everyone,” said David Walters, Artistic Director of NightBlue Performing Arts Company. “You don’t have to be a baseball fan – or even a sports fan to appreciate the impact he made in the world. His story goes well beyond sports to overcoming adversity and hatred. His composure and dedication to helping others less fortunate is an inspiration to this day.”
Aug 22, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014
@ Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Show Type: Musical
Box Office: 773-327-5252