SAVE THE DATE! “A League of Their Own” on the Lawn
The 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival is partnering with Library of Congress for a special presentation of Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own (1992) for the LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn series.
A League of Their Own was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 2012.
Director Penny Marshall used the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1943-1954) as a backdrop for this heartfelt comedy-drama. “A League of Their Own,” featuring an ensemble cast that includes Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, not only illuminates this fascinating, under-reported aspect of American sports history, but also effectively examines women’s changing roles during wartime. Rich with period detail and equally complex performances—especially Davis as a team ringer and Hanks as the down-on-his-luck coach—Marshall and her company delivered an enjoyably nostalgic film about women’s choices and solidarity during World War II that was both funny and feminist.
At 13, Mo’ne Davis made the cover of Sports Illustrated. The former Little League Baseball pitcher from Philadelphia was one of two girls who played in the 2014 Little League World Series and the first girl to earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. Davis is now a student at Hampton University where she plays on the school’s softball team.
Movies on the Lawn films are shown after sunset on the North Lawn of the Thomas Jefferson Building.