51 years ago, Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD.

This fall, Mirrorbox presents the world premiere of a brand new outdoor play that explores the fascinating life & career of this revolutionary pitcher, once known as the “Muhammad Ali of Baseball.”

All Tickets $20 (plus fees)
June 1 - 18 2023
1200 Ellis Blvd. NW | Cedar Rapids

This Is Not A Game of Baseball provides a complex look at the trailblazing former major league pitcher, Dock Ellis. The man's most (in)famous accomplishment becomes a springboard for exploring Ellis' incredible life story, including his eventual turn to sobriety and second career as a life-saving drug counselor. It is a memory play about a man who tragically can barely remember his greatest professional feat.


Dock Ellis was an outspoken advocate for social justice and personal expression. He was an All-Star, a World Series Champion, celebrated by Jackie Robinson for his anti-racism work, but his cultural legacy has been reduced to a single novelty. This Is Not a Game of Baseball reclaims and celebrates his legacy, in its full human scope, as Dock is surrounded by his Hall of Fame teammates and icons of the 60's and 70's.

This Is Not a Game of Baseball features the return of many favorite Mirrorbox Theatre performers and stars Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey (Exit Strategy, Luna Gale) as Dock Ellis, the most revolutionary pitcher in baseball.

This Is Not a Game of Baseball was developed thanks to the generous support of Beth Moriarty & Michael Langan, and the Iowa Arts Council/Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.