Red Sox-Themed Play ‘Johnny Baseball’ to Hit A.R.T. Stage in May

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Worcester native and longtime playwright Richard Dresser is taking 86 years of heartache and passion from Red Sox Nation and putting it onto the stage at the A.R.T. in Cambridge this May.

Dresser, who wrote the book "Johnny Baseball," is working with director Diane Paulus and "Wicked" veteran actor Colin Donnell to bring his take on the longtime curse of the Red Sox franchise to the stage.

"As we began exploring The Curse we quickly went past the notion that it was about Babe Ruth being sold to the Yankees," Dresser told the Boston Herald. "The real curse was that the Red Sox were the last team in the majors to sign an African-American player."

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