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Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents Among The Best: The Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays

Event Details

Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents Among The Best: The Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays

Time: May 28, 2009 at 8pm to June 13, 2009 at 8pm
Location: Alumni Hall 7t Fl.
Street: 4227 Fifth Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-624-7298
Event Type: historical, play, theatre, show.
Organized By: Dr. Vernell A. Lillie
Latest Activity: Jun 11, 2009

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Event Description

Among The Best: Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays by Rob Penny
May 28 - June 13
Josh Gibson. Satchel Paige. Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe. When these legendary players come back to Greenlee Field in Pittsburgh's Hill District, the wins and losses of the Negro League are relived through the eyes of Greg and Kemiya, two eager young ballplayers.


Regular ticket price: $20 each

Early Bird season pass: $60
(before October 17, 08)

Regular Season Pass: $70.
Special senior citizen, faculty,staff, and student discounts apply for all shows.
Group rates aslo are available.

Call 412-624-7298 for more information.

Tickets can be purchased by cash, check or credit card.

Kuntu Administrative Offices 412-624-7298
Dorsey’s Record Shop 412-731-6607
William Pitt Union 412-648-7814

Among the Best
May 28 - June 13

Thursday May 28 8:00
Friday May 29 8:00
Saturday May 30 8:00
Sunday May 31 4:00
Thursday June 4 8:00
Friday June 5 8:00
Saturday June 6 1:00
Saturday June 6 8:00
Sunday June 7 4:00
Thursday June 11 11:00
Thursday June 11 8:00
Friday June 12 8:00
Saturday June 13 8:00

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Comment by Doug Jackson on June 4, 2009 at 3:16pm
Best of Luck on your shows.

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