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One Night in Miami...

By Kemp Powers
Mar 20 - Apr 19, 2015
The Space Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
Run Time: 1 hr 20 min, no intermission
Ticket Price: Starts at $41
Age Recommendation: Appropriate for ages 14+
Advisory: Considerable strong language, adult themes and content. Strobe lighting and electric cigarettes are used in this production.

This slice-of-life dramedy that the LA Times calls “engaging and thought-provoking” imagines what occurred the night of Cassius Clay’s historic win over heavyweight champ Sonny Liston. Declining a glamorous party, Clay celebrates with his friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football player Jim Brown. Each man argues his vision for what it means to be black in 1964, culminating in an early morning announcement from Clay that will shock the world. Filled with “crackling good dialogue and timely themes,” as proclaimed by Variety, One Night in Miami... is a “decisive knockout.”

Producing Partners: Martin & Jo Ann Semple, Tina Walls


'Miami' playwright: 'It feels a lot like 1964 right now'
Playwright Kemp Powers knew his play would have modern parallels. Sadly, he was not expecting 'One Night in Miami' to become this timely. Read More
Audio Described Performance
Audio Described Performance
Mar 28 | 1:30pm
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Insider Perspectives
Mar 20 | 6:00pm
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Theatre Thursdays
Theatre Thursdays
Mar 26 | 5:30pm
$50 | Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby
Your ticket to One Night in Miami... for Theatre Thursdays includes a refreshing cocktail, tasty bar bites, live music and the show.​
Talkback with the Cast
Talkback with the Cast
Mar 29 | 3:00pm
Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors from One Night in Miami... after the show.
Page to Stage Discussion
Page to Stage Discussion
Apr 7 | 12:00pm
Free | Free Parking | Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.

Bring your lunch and join our DCPA actors, playwrights and directors for an in-depth discussion about the creation and development of their work, focusing on One Night in Miami.... Moderated by John Moore, former Denver Post theatre critic.

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Theatre & Theology
Theatre & Theology
Apr 7 | 8:30pm
Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine One Night in Miami... through a theological lens.
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Apr 12 | 3:30pm
Participate in a topical discussion of One Night in Miami... led by members of our academic community.
Accessible Performance
Accessible Performance
Apr 19 | 1:30pm
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Jason Delane
Jason Delane, Malcolm X

At the Theatre Company: Debut. Recent NYC credits: Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Recent LA theatre credits include One Night in Miami... (Malcolm X, Rogue Machine Theatre), Stick Fly (Matrix Theatre), Bulrusher (Skylight Theatre/Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble). Chicago credits include: The Goodman, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass, Northlight and Court Theatres. Founding member of Los Angeles’ Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble and Life Member of Actors Studio. TV/ Film: “Criminal Minds,” “Make it or Break it,” “Secret Lives of the American Teenager.” Training: MFA, Ohio University.

Colby Lewis
Colby Lewis, Cassius Clay

At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Gotta Dance (NYC reading with Jerry Mitchell). Off-Broadway: A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (NYC reading/Red Bull Theater). Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare and Company); Legally Blonde: The Musical, Much Ado About Nothing, Hairspray, His Girl Friday, Intimate Apparel, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Winter’s Tale (Connecticut Rep); To Kill A Mockingbird, Titus Andronicus, Mary Stuart (Utah Shakespeare Festival). TV/Film: “One Tree Hill,” The Screw, Cut Boys. Training: MFA, University of Connecticut.

Morocco Omari
Morocco Omari, Jim Brown
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: A Time To Kill, A Streetcar Named Desire. Off- Broadway: Sticks and Bones. Regional: Space, Intimate Apparel (Steppenwolf Theatre); Blues for An Alabama Sky, The Ballad of Emmett Till (Goodman Theatre); Blues for An Alabama Sky (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Trust, Fedra: The Queen of Haiti (Lookingglass Theatre); Elmina’s Kitchen (Congo Square); Race (St. Louis Rep); Take Me Out (Geffen Playhouse); Radio Golf (Pittsburgh Public and Virginia Stage Company). Film/TV: Recurring roles on “Chicago Fire,” “N.C.I.S.” as well as roles on “The Good Wife” and “Person of Interest.”

Nik Walker
Nik Walker, Sam Cooke

At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Motown the Musical. Off-Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher. Regional: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse). TV/Film: “Law & Order SVU.” A playwright as well, Nik’s rock fable Whiskeyland! is currently being produced by Last Call Theatricals, LLC. Training: BFA, NYU.

York Walker
York Walker, Jamaal

At The Theatre Company: Debut. Regional: Napoli, A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); A Raisin In The Sun (California Shakespeare Theater); Let Bygones Be, Heist! (34th Annual Humana Festival); Dracula, A Christmas Carol, Important People (Actors Theatre of Louisville); As You Like It, Everything Is Ours (Chautauqua Theater Company); Hairspray (Gateway Playhouse). International: The House Of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theatre). Training: MFA, American Conservatory Theater.

Meghan Anderson Doyle
Meghan Anderson Doyle, Costume Designer
At the Theatre Company: FADE, Tribes, One Night in Miami…, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jackie & Me, The Giver, Superior Donuts, Well and Ed, Downloaded. Other Theatres: At Off-Center (Sweet & Lucky, CULT FOLLOWING seasons 1-5, Lord of the Butterflies), DCPA Cabaret (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! and Five Course Love). Other Theatres: Curious Theatre Company (Marcus or the Secret of Sweet, In The Red and Brown Water, Good People, The Brothers Size, A Number, Up, tempOdyssey), The Aurora Fox (Metamorphoses), National Theatre Conservatory Rep (2005-2012). Special/Training: DCPA Theatre Company Costume Design Associate 2006-present. BA in Theatre, University of Denver; MFA in Costume Design, University of Florida.
Kemp Powers
Kemp Powers, Playwright
Kemp Powers is a playwright, screenwriter and author. An award-winning journalist for 20 years, he has written features in the pages of magazines and newspapers ranging from Esquire and GQ to Forbes and Reuters. Kemp is a resident playwright at Los Angeles’ multi award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre company, where the 2013 world premiere of his play, One Night in Miami… received four NAACP Theatre Awards (Best Play, Best Playwright, Best Ensemble, Best Director) and three LA Drama Critics Circle awards, including the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play. The play also won an LA Weekly Theatre Award (Best Playwright), and was nominated for four Ovation Awards (Best Playwright, Best Play, Best Ensemble, Best Costumes). One Night In Miami… recently enjoyed a critically-acclaimed regional production at Baltimore’s Center Stage under the direction of Kwame Kwei-Armah. He is currently developing a new play for production, The Two Reds, and is developing an original comedy series he co-created for the FX cable network. Kemp also is a regular storyteller at the Peabody Award-winning series “The Moth.” He was one of the 50 storytellers selected (including Sebastian Junger, Damien Echols, Adam Gopnik, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Price and others) for publication in its first-ever book, The Moth: 50 True Stories, published in 2013 by Hyperion Press.
Charles R. MacLeod
Charles R. MacLeod, Lighting Designer
At the Theatre Company: (300+ productions/34 seasons). As You Like It, One Night in Miami…, Appoggiatura, Shadowlands, black odyssey, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps, Reckless, When Tang Met Laika, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lydia, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1001, Gem of the Ocean, All My Sons, A Christmas Carol, Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams, My Way, Forbidden Broadway, Always…Patsy Cline; Love, Janis and Girls Only, The Secret Comedy of Women.
Carl Cofield
Carl Cofield, Director

Carl Cofield is a New York-based director and actor. He directed the award winning world premiere of One Night in Miami… (Huffington Post best of LA 2013, NAACP, LA Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theater, for which, he received the Los Angeles NAACP award for Best Director. NYC directing credits include: the 50th anniversary of Dutchman for the Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre (Audello Nomination), Macbeth for Classical Theatre of Harlem/Dinoma Theatre, Better Than Yellow for 48 Hours In Harlem, The Seven by Will Power at the Connelly Theatre, The Tuskegee Airman Project for CUNY York College. He assisted Molly Smith in the world premiere of Camp David by Laurence Wright at Arena Stage. He also assisted Kent Gash on Langston In Harlem at Urban Stages. As an actor, his work has been seen at The Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman, Actors Theater of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, The McCarter, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre and many others. Education: MFA Columbia.


Elissa Myers Casting
Elissa Myers Casting, Paul Foquet, CSA
Three Emmy nominations and one win, and one Peabody Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television. Over 15 films for PBS. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows and 26 Off- Broadway shows. Current regional casting includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”
Tyler Nelson
Tyler Nelson, Sound Designer
At the Theatre Company: FADE, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Most Deserving, The Giver, and Ed, Downloaded. Off-Center: DATE*, Square of Ice, CULT FOLLOWING season 1, The L&J&J Project, Hip-Hop Jambalaya, Wii: The Ultimate Baseball Game. Other Theatres: Applebox Theatre Company (Buried Child, Summertree). Training: Bachelor’s Degree in Sound Engineering, University of Colorado Denver.
Kent Thompson
Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director

Kent is in his 12th season as Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre Company. In Denver he directed productions of Sweeney Todd, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction, Amadeus, The Liar and Measure for Measure, among others.

Three of Kent’s major accomplishments since coming to Denver have been the creation of Off-Center (innovative theatrical experiences aimed at millennial audiences), the Colorado New Play Summit (a premier national festival for new American plays), and the Women’s Voices Fund (an endowment that supports the commissioning and development of new plays by women).

Prior to moving to Denver he was Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 seasons. Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project, which commissioned and produced 16 world premieres during his tenure. He served eight years on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as president for three years. He has served on peer review panels for the NEA (also chair), TCG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Fulbright Scholars Program, The Wallace Funds, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.

Lisa Orzolek
Lisa Orzolek, Set Designer
At the Theatre Company: (200+ productions/23 seasons) Tribes, One Night in Miami…, Benediction, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shadowlands, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, Great Wall Story, The Liar, Superior Donuts, Othello, Well, The Voysey Inheritance, The Trip to Bountiful, Gee’s Bend, Third, The Pillowman, Living Out, After Ashley, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Boston Marriage, Visiting Mr. Green, Blue/Orange. Other Theatres: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Love...Perfect...Change, Five Course Love, Girls Only, The Taffetas, My Way (DCPA Cabaret); Twelfth Night, God’s Country (National Theatre Conservatory). Training: BFA in Scenic Design, Boston University.
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D, Voice and Dialect Coach
At the Theatre Company: Benediction, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,  Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Shadowlands, Hamlet, black odyssey, A Christmas Carol, Jackie & Me, The Most Deserving, Just Like Us, Death of a Salesman, When We Are Married, Fences, The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House, Great Wall Story. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock). Special/Training: Voice and Dialect Coach for numerous professional theatre companies in the United States, Head of Voice at DCPA Theatre Company and the National Theatre Conservatory 1989 to 1992. Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh; Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England.
Charles Varin
Charles Varin, Managing Director
Charles Varin and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre.
Jeff Gifford
Jeff Gifford, Director of Production

Jeff is in his fourth season at the DCPA and oversees everything you see on stage except the actors. Guiding world premieres to their first opening night is especially gratifying and Jeff has worked on more than 35 of them. Among his favorites are Dinner with Friends, The Violet Hour, The Beard of Avon, Mr. Marmalade, and the new musical FLY. Jeff holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

William Oliver Watkins
William Oliver Watkins, Charles/Jaques De Boys

At the Theatre Company: One Night in Miami, Jackie & Me, Ruined. New York credits include: The Underside of Jackfruit & Papaya, McRib (Working Theater/Abingdon); Courting, BIOLIFE (NY Madness); Snakeskin Suit, Nodding Off (Ensemble Studio Theater); Camp Logan (National Black Theater of Harlem). Regional: Lombardi (Cleveland Play House/Arizona Theatre Company), A Raisin in the Sun (Studio Arena), To Kill A Mockingbird (Great Plains Theater), Blues for an Alabama Sky (St. Louis Black Rep). TV/Film: “Forever,” “Nurse Jackie,” “NYC 22,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Rescue Me,” “Canterbury’s Law,” Nasty Baby, My Soul To Take, Airborne. Training: BFA, Webster University; Wynn Handman, Margie Haber, Bob Krakower. 

This video was taken when William Oliver Watkins was starring as Jackie Robinson in the Theatre Company's 'Jackie & Me.'
A. Phoebe Sacks
A. Phoebe Sacks, Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: 12 seasons, over 30 productions, including most recently: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shadowlands, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Death of a Salesman. Training: BA in Technical Theatre, University of Northern Colorado.
Rachel Ducat
Rachel Ducat, Assistant Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: Tribes, One Night in Miami…, Appoggiatura, Shadowlands, black odyssey, The Most Deserving, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, The Giver, Heartbreak House, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, The Liar, Superior Donuts, The Catch, The House of the Spirits and Grace, or the Art of Climbing. Other Theatres: Twelfth Night, Treasure Island, Richard III (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Curious Theatre Company; Jersey Boys, Wicked, Dirty Dancing (Broadway in Chicago); Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Cleveland Play House, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Training: BA Theatre Production, University of Delaware.
Bruce K. Sevy
Bruce K. Sevy, Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development

Bruce K. Sevy has directed such memorable Theatre Company productions as Animal Crackers, When We Are Married, Heartbreak House, Mariela in the Desert, The Voysey Inheritance, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Doubt, All My Sons, Master Class, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Christmas Carol, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, Molly Sweeney, Amy’s View, Valley Song, Pierre, Dinner With Friends and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

As Director of New Play Development, he oversees both the artistic and practical components of the Theatre Company’s successful Colorado New Play Summit, including commissions from outstanding American playwrights.

He has directed for Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Lark Play Development Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Pioneer Theatre Company, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space and Intiman Theatre in Seattle, the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, and Utah Shakespearean Festival. His popular production of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands has been seen at more than 20 theatres nationally, including the Theatre Company’s successful 2003 production.

Matthew Lopez
Matthew Lopez, Denver Center Playwriting Fellow

Matthew is the author of The Legend of Georgia McBride, which premiered at the Denver Center before a successful Off-Broadway run at the MCC Theater, and The Whipping Man, seen at Curious Theatre Company. Since its debut at Luna Stage Company and its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Whipping Man has become one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years, with productions in over 50 US cities and abroad. His play Somewhere premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and recently completed a successful run at Hartford Stage where his newest work, Reverberation premiered in the winter of 2015. Other plays include Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and The Sentinels, which premiered in London. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, and South Coast Rep. He was a staff writer on the HBO series “The Newsroom” and is currently adapting Javier Marias’ “Your Face Tomorrow” trilogy for Brad Pitt’s Plan B film company.

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