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Sunday, January 18, 2015

"One Night in Miami"

As a season subscriber to Center Stage productions in Baltimore, I'm always excited to see new plays. On Saturday, January 17, 2015, a friend and I checked out the premiere of "One Night in Miami,"a play written by Kemp Powers and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. When we arrived there was a boxing ring set up in the lobby with the announcer introducing a fight. This was very exciting as the theater goers were fascinated to see something different. We watched as one of the boxers jog down the hallway with his handler and made his appearance in the ring. Cool!

Then we decided to grab a drink before the play started and to our surprise, there was a drink called the "Miami Punch," that fit perfectly with the theme of the play. Of course, I couldn't resist getting one. It was a refreshing, fruity drink mixed with just the right amount of rum. Way to go Center Stage for thinking outside of the box! 

See ya next time and for those who haven't seen this play - let me say that the actors were AWESOME! Their performances were captivating and the songs resonated with the times especially when Mr. Soul aka Sam Cooke played by Grasan Kingsberry belted out, "A Change Is Gonna Come." The audience ate it up! Wow!! Two thumbs up!!

Here's the synopsis of the play and I hope you get a chance to check it out! It runs from January 14 - February 8, 2015.

February 25, 1964. Twenty-two-year-old Cassius Clay has just won the world heavyweight boxing title. Instead of hitting the town, Clay chooses to celebrate in a Miami hotel room with three close friends - activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football star Jim Brown. This fictional account of a real night imagines what might have happened in that tiny hotel room. 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 the at one night ready to define a new world.

The Cast
Tory Andrus - Malcolm X ("Brother Minister")
Royce Johnson - Kareem
Sullivan Jones - Cassius Clay ("The Greatest")
Grasan Kingsberry - Sam Cooke ("Mr. Soul"
Genesis Oliver - Jamaal
Esau Pritchett - Jim Brown ("Big Jim")

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