The leading men performing in the stage play, “One Night in Miami” (Courtesy Photo)
BALTIMORE— Due to popular demand, Center Stage will extend its run of One Night in Miami… another week.
The additional performances of the show critics have been calling “a knockout,” “timely-themed and transformational” and “brilliantly realized” will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15.
Directed by Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, One Night in Miami… by Kemp Powers features actors Sullivan Jones as boxing legend Cassius Clay (soon-to-be Muhammad Ali), Grasan Kingsberry as singer Sam Cooke, Esau Pritchett as NFL star Jim Brown and Tory Andrus as activist Malcolm X. Rounding out the cast are Nation of Islam bodyguards Kareem and Jamaal, played by Royce Johnson and Genesis Oliver, respectively.
One Night in Miami… is the imagining of what happened the real night these four iconic men and real-life friends celebrated Cassius’ 1964 heavyweight boxing title in the historic Hampton House hotel in the Black section of Miami. As the Civil Rights Movement stirs outside, and the melody of “A Change is Gonna Come” hangs in the air, four men will emerge from that one night ready to define a new world.
“I am so proud of this production, and thrilled with the response from audiences,” Kwei-Armah says. “People are responding to the powerful messages of these four iconic men. We’ve received many calls, emails and social media messages from people wanting to share this play with their friends and family. We’re glad to be able to give people one more weekend to experience One Night in Miami.”
For more information, visit http://www.centerstage.org or call 410-332-0033.
THE CAST (in alphabetical order)
Tory Andrus Malcolm X
Royce Johnson Kareem
Sullivan Jones Cassius Clay
Grasan Kingsberry Sam Cooke
Genesis Oliver Jamaal
Esau Pritchett Jim Brown
Captain Kate Murphy Stage Manager
Kayla Whisman Assistant Stage Manager
Marian Jackson Assistant Stage Manager
THE ARTISTIC TEAM
Kemp Powers Playwright
Kwame Kwei-Armah Director
Brandon Butts Assistant to the Director
Brenda Davis Scenic Designer
Clint Ramos Costume Designer
Colin Young Lighting Designer
Marika Kent Assistant Lighting Designer
Alex Koch Projections Designer
Catherine Rodriquez Production Dramaturg
Stephanie Klapper Casting Director
One Night in Miami is made possible by The William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Foundation, with additional support from The Rodgers Family Fund. Center Stage is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges, and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Center Stage’s 2014-15 Season is made possible by Season 52 presenting sponsor M&T Bank. Maryland Public Television is a Media Partner for Center Stage’s 2014-15 Season.
About Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster, is in his fourth season as artistic director of Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland. At Center Stage he has directed dance of the holy ghosts (Baltimore City Paper Top Ten Productions of 2013); The Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People; The Whipping Man (City Paper Top Ten Productions of 2012), for which he was named Best Director; and Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. Among his works as playwright are Elmina’s Kitchen and Let There Be Love — which had their American debuts at Center Stage — as well as A Bitter Herb and Statement of Regret. His latest play, Beneatha’s Place, debuted at Center Stage in 2013 as part of the ground-breaking Raisin Cycle. His other directorial credits include Let There Be Love and Seize the Day at the Tricycle Theatre, Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew at the Lark Play Development Center in New York, New York’s Public Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, the world premiere of Detroit ’67 (nominated for Best Director) at The Public Theater, and the world premiere of The Liquid Plain at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Kwame has served on the boards of The National Theatre and The Tricycle Theatre, both in London. He served as artistic director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal, a month-long world festival of black arts and culture, which featured more than 2,000 artists from 52 countries participating in 16 different arts disciplines. He was named the chancellor of the University of the Arts London, and in 2012 was named an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
ABOUT CENTER STAGE
Under the leadership of playwright, actor, and director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE (Artistic Director) and national arts leader Stephen Richard (Managing Director), Center Stage is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, entertaining, and enriching audiences through joyous and bold performance. Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a model of what regional theater can and should be,” Center Stage has, for more than 50 years, dedicated itself to exploring new works and bringing classics to life. This rich history is marked by critically acclaimed new works that have shaped the American theater; from the Tony Award-winning The Triumph of Love to world premieres such as Miss Evers’ Boys by David Feldshuh and On the Verge by Eric Overmyer. In 2013, Center Stage’s unprecedented presentation of the Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park in repertory with the world premiere of Kwei-Armah’s Beneatha’s Place sparked dialogue, drew international media attention and became the subject of a nationally broadcast PBS documentary, “A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage.” With its signature focus on civic and community engagement, Center Stage, The State Theater of Maryland, enters its second 50 years with a commitment to exploring how art and entertainment communicate in the 21st century and to igniting conversation in Baltimore and beyond.