The La Jolla Theatre Ensemble presents: "Sweet Spot: The Fleeting Glory of Althea Gibson & Angela Buxton" by Germaine Shames

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In the segregated, elitist world of 1950's amateur lawn tennis, two outsiders — one an African-American, and the other a Jewish Englishwoman — join forces to dominate center court and revolutionize the sport. 

Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton were not only unbeatable doubles partners but lifelong friends; while their winning partnership, cut short by injury, lasted only a year, their mutual affection would save Althea’s life and give Angela’s renewed purpose. 

Two barrier-breaking female champions, their example has much to teach us today about overcoming discrimination and transcending personal tragedy. 

SWEET SPOT explores their climb to the peak of their sport, decline into relative obscurity, and hard-won coming-to-terms through the power of a singular friendship.

This is a work of fiction, based on the true story of a remarkable friendship.

SWEET SPOT has received workshops and been developed in conjunction with Brave New World Repertory Theatre in Brooklyn, New York -- and is scheduled to receive its inaugural full production there in 2023, but this staged reading is its world premiere before an audience.

Don't miss this history-making offering of a history-making duo...!...