Video: Bringing four icons to the stage in 'Miami'

The actors from the DCPA Theatre Company’s One Night in Miami, opening tonight  (March 27), talk about portraying four of the greatest entertainment and cultural icons of the 20th century at varying stages of their fame. Set in 1964, audiences will not necessarily meet the same men pop-culture history would have us remember.

“What I love about what Kemp Powers has written with this play is he takes these four extraordinarily public figures and he reveals something human about each of them that we might not have known,” says actor Jason Delane, who plays activist Malcolm X.

The play imagines the meeting between Cassius Clay, football player Jim Brown, recording star Sam Cooke and Malcolm X immediately after Clay’s historic win over heavyweight champ Sonny Liston in Miami. At the time, Clay was only 22. Within a year, both Cooke and Malcolm X would be dead. Jim Brown was walking way from the NFL at the height of his fame to start a movie career.

Each man argues his vision for what it means to be black in 1964. The real-life meeting culminated in an early morning announcement from Clay that shocked the world. The play runs through April 19 in The Space Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

One Night in Miami production photos by Jennifer M. Koskinen:

One Night in Miami: Ticket information
Performances run through April 19
Space Theatre
Performances daily except Mondays
Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

Our previous coverage of One Night in Miami:
Watch a video montage of scenes from the play
Fourth-graders have tough questions for One Night in Miami cast
Photos: One Night in Miami is getting ready to rumble
Video: An inside look at the making of One Night in Miami
Video: DCPA cast gives shout-out to Baltimore Center Stage
Full casting announced
Video: Interview with One Night in Miami Director Carl Cofield
New Denver Center season includes One Night in Miami
Go to the official show page

One Night in Miami cast videos:
Meet Morocco Omari
Meet Nik Walker
Meet Jason Delane
Meet William Oliver Watkins

Jason Delane and Colby Lewis in 'One Night in Miami.' Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen. Jason Delane and Colby Lewis in ‘One Night in Miami.’ Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.