New York – The musical "DC-7, The Roberto Clemente Story" will show theater audiences how much discrimination the legendary Afro-Puerto Rican baseball player suffered, along with his successes, concerns and the humanitarian work that cost him his life on Dec. 31, 1972.
Actor Modesto Lacen, who played Pedro Knight in the musical about the life of late salsa queen Celia Cruz, will star in the work to be staged between Nov. 11-Dec. 4 at the Society of the Educational Arts's new TEATRO SEA in New York.
"Besides showing Roberto the baseball player, I want people to see Roberto the humanist, his relations with his wife, his kids, as a brother and the racial problems he faced in the (19)50s and '60s," the play's author, Luis Caballero, told Efe.
"I don't just want to talk about the ballplayer, but about what he suffered, about his having to sit in the back of the bus, go to other restaurants and stay at other hotels (for blacks), about being attacked, about how much he had to fight," he said.
The theater curtain opens on Clemente's wake following his death at 38 when the DC-7 aircraft in which he was taking humanitarian aid to an earthquake-devastated Nicaragua crashed into the sea off the coast of Costa Rica in December 1972.
Clemente, a 12-time Golden Glove winner with 3,000 hits, was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.