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