The opening performance of “Jackie & Me” is featured this morning in CultureWest.Org's year-long photo series, “It's Opening Night in Colorado Theater.” Click here to see the full series to date, which has included several Denver Center offerings. All photos by John Moore.
Linda G. Alvarado, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, congratulates 22-year-old actor Aaron Davidson for his opening-night performance by allowing him to wear her 2007 World Series ring. Davidson, a Colorado native and graduate of the Denver School of the Arts, plays Joey Stoshack, a 12-year-old boy who is bullied because of his Polish descent. Alvarado, above left, is president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., which built Sports Authority Field at Mile High. She is also a member of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business Magazine. When the Rockies were awarded a franchise, Alvarado became the first Latino owner, male or female, in Major League Baseball history, and the second female owner in the big leagues.
Opening No. 136: Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Jackie & Me”: Joey Stoshack is a 12-year-old boy from Pittsburgh who is picked on because of his Polish descent. When he goes back in time to 1947, he not only witnesses Jackie Robinson break the baseball color barrier, his own skin color changes in the process, giving him a whole new perspective on prejudice and discrimination. The play is written by Denver native Steven Dietz, who also wrote “Rancho Mirage,” which is presently being performed by the nearby Curious Theatre Company through Dec. 7. “Jackie & Me” is directed by Stephen Weitz. Also starring William Oliver Watkins (top right of photo) and featuring Michael Santo, Kristen Adele, Ryan Wuestewald, Diana Dresser, Timothy McCracken, Leigh Miller, John Jurcheck and Justin Walvoord. It runs through Dec. 22 in the Space Theatre. Thanks: Lyle Raper, Alexandra Griesmer.
“Jackie & Me” ticket information:
When: Through Dec. 22
Where: At The Space Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets in the Denver Center complex
Showtimes: Generally there are public performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets: 303-893-4100 or visit the Denver Center’s web site
More “Jackie & Me” coverage:
Video: Watch as the cast of “Jackie & Me” takes a field trip to a Lakewood batting cage, and gets a tour of Coors Field.
Video and story: The making of the coolest stage floor … maybe ever
Meet the cast video: Aaron M. Davidson (Joey)
Meet the cast video: William Oliver Watkins (Jackie Robinson)
Meet the cast video: Diana Dresser (Joey’s mom)
Meet the cast video: Timothy McCracken (Joey’s dad)
Meet the cast video: Kristen Adele (Rachel Robinson)
Meet the cast video: Ryan Wuestweald (Ant, the bully)
Profile: Stage manager Lyle Raper: She wields her wit like a baseball bat