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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 …"

Steven Dietz: How my children - black and white - informed ‘Jackie & Me’

By Steven Dietz
Playwright, Jackie & Me

I am standing outside a room where my son and daughter are talking about baseball and race. I am eavesdropping.

My daughter is 7; my son is 6. My daughter is white. My son is black—and has just arrived via adoption from Ethiopia six months earlier. We have introduced him to a sport called baseball, and he has started playing it. My daughter, the baseball historian in our family, is telling him all about Jackie Robinson. As she speaks, I realize that our family is having its first conversation about race.

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.

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.