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Video: Jackie & Me student talkback: “You need to keep it safe for your scene partner”

By John Moore

At a recent talkback following the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Jackie & Me,” a black man asked to address William Oliver Watkins, the actor who plays Jackie Robinson, who broke the modern-era color barrier in Major League Baseball.

"For the guy that played Jackie Robinson: You got my respect, man, for the whole thing," the audience member said. "I respect anybody for who they are, but when the ‘N word’ comes up …"

Photo gallery: Backstage on opening night of “Jackie & Me”

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"Jackie & Me" director Stephen Weitz with his wife, Rebecca Remaly Weitz, at the opening-night afterparty last Thursday.

To see John Moore’s full gallery of “Jackie & Me” photos, click here.

"Jackie & Me" is today’s  featured show in John Moore’s ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes on opening nights at Colorado theater productions. The series is being displayed through www.CultureWest.Org. To see the official “Opening Nights” photo series to date (with one photo from 136 openings to date), click here.

Meet the cast video series: Justin Walvoord

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 39: “Turner and Hooch”-loving Justin Walvoord, who plays Pee Wee Reese and other roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

Coming next: Meet John Jurcheck, who plays several roles in “Jackie & Me.”

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Colorado Rockies’ Dexter Fowler: ‘God could not have picked a better person than Jackie Robinson’

By John Moore

To look at young Dexter Fowler’s charmed life, you’d think the Colorado Rockies center fielder has very little in common with his pioneering predecessor, Jackie Robinson. They are both African-American major-league baseball players from Georgia. But the similarities would seem to end there.

And if Robinson were alive today, he might say that is a very good thing.

Robinson was the son of a sharecropper who abandoned his family. Fowler’s father was an executive for Kimberly-Clark who tried to instill in his son the lessons of Robinson’s life. But to a young Fowler, born 39 years after Robinson became the first African-American to play in the modern-day big leagues, 1947 might have been as far back in time as Ancient Greece.

It might be snowing outside, but it’s feeling a lot like OPENING DAY at the Denver Center. The family friendly baseball story “Jackie & Me” takes the field in two hours. Thanks to the Colorado Rockies for the use of the Jackie Robinson jerseys in the lobby! The play runs through Dec. 22 in the Space Theatre. 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org. Photo by John Moore.

It might be snowing outside, but it’s feeling a lot like OPENING DAY at the Denver Center. The family friendly baseball story “Jackie & Me” takes the field in two hours. Thanks to the Colorado Rockies for the use of the Jackie Robinson jerseys in the lobby! The play runs through Dec. 22 in the Space Theatre. 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org.
Photo by John Moore.

Meet the cast video series: Kristen Adele

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 37: Kristen Adele, who plays Rachel Robinson and other roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Kristen’s mentors include late Denver theatre icons Israel Hicks and Jeffrey Nickelson. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

Coming next: Meet Aaron M. Davidson, who plays 12-year-old Joey in “Jackie & Me.”

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Meet the cast video series: William Oliver Watkins

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 34: William Oliver Watkins is a “Star Wars” geek who plays Jackie Robinson in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. William previously appeared in the Denver Center’s four-star staging of “Ruined.” Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

Coming next: Meet Diana Dresser, who plays Joey’s mom in “Jackie & Me.”

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Meet the cast video series: Timothy McCracken

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 33: Timothy McCracken, who plays young Joey’s father in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Timothy is a graduate of the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory and appeared last year in “The Giver.” Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

Coming next: Meet William Oliver Watkins, who plays Jackie Robinson in “Jackie & Me.”

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First look at “Jackie & Me” & the coolest stage floor … maybe ever

UPDATE OCT. 25: The stage installation is nearly complete in the Space Theatre.

By John Moore

Work is well-underway for the Denver Center’s upcoming family-friendly production of the magical baseball story “Jackie & Me,” written by Colorado native Steven Dietz. 

The play, which opens for previews on Nov. 15 with an almost entirely local cast, promises to be the most engaging stage floor any baseball fan could hope for. Designed by Lisa M. Orzolek, the floor will feature hand-painted baseball cards of dozens of baseball legends, including the Colorado Rockies’ recently retired Todd Helton.