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One Night in Miami... - production images released

One Night in Miami...

Season preview

PRODUCTION images have been released for Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami… To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Images have been released of David Ajala, Francois Battiste, Sope Dirisu, Arinzé Kene, Dwane Walcott and Josh Williams rehearsing Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami…, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from October 6 to December 3, 2016. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham have announced a new autumn season of plays in Covent Garden to run alongside the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy at King’s Cross.

Josie Rourke will direct Gemma Arterton in the title role in Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Based on the life and trial of Joan of Arc, it will run from December 9, 2016 to February 18, 2017.

However, the season opens with Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami… Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, it runs from October 6 to December 3, 2016.

February 25, 1964: 22-year-old Cassius Clay has just won the world heavyweight boxing title. Instead of hitting the town, he chooses to celebrate in a Miami hotel room with three close friends – activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and American 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 that one night ready to define a new world.

The cast includes David Ajala (as Jim Brown), Francois Battiste (Malcolm X), Sope Dirisu (Cassius Clay) and Arinze Kene (Sam Cooke). All will be making their Donmar debut.

Kemp Powers is a playwright, screenwriter and author. He is a resident playwright at Los Angeles’ multi award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre Company where One Night In Miami… debuted, before transferring to Centre Stage and the Denver Centre for the Performing Arts. His other theatre credits include The Two Reds, Little Black Shadows and Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue. He is currently developing the dark comedy My First Black Friend with John Pollono and producer Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games). He is also well known for his memoir The Shooting.

Kwame Kwei-Armah is an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. His plays include Marley, Beneatha’s Place, Seize the Day, A Bitter Herb, Blues Brother Soul Sister, Big Nose, and his seminal triptych of plays chronicling the struggles of the British African-Caribbean community in London – Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up and Statement of Regret – all of which premiered at the National Theatre between 2003- 2007.

As an actor, Kwei-Armah has appeared in Casualty, Holby City, Afternoon Play, Between the Lines and The Bill. He has presented documentary programmes for Channel 4 including Christianity: A History and On Tour With the Queen. He has also appeared on Newsnight, Question Time and The Culture Show.

He is Artistic Director of Centre Stage in Baltimore, Maryland, where he made his directing debut with Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. Since then he has directed the Pulitzer nominated playwright Esa Davis’s 10-minute play Dave Chappelle was Right for the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, and two successful productions of his play Let There Be Love at the Tricycle Theatre.

Kwei-Armah was Goodwill Ambassador for Trade for Christian Aid; Chancellor of University of the Arts London; and served as Artistic Director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal, a month-long World Festival of Black Arts and Culture. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to drama.

David Ajala has appeared on stage in The Witness (Royal Court Theatre), Ruined (Almeida Theatre), Nation and Death and the King’s Horseman (National Theatre) and Love’s Labours Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC). His screen credits include Kidulthood, Adulthood, The Dark Knight, One Day, Fast & Furious 6, Jupiter Ascending, Brotherhood, Kill Command, Starred Up and Emulsion (film); Black Box, Beowulf, Falling Water and Hooten and the Lady (TV).

Francois Battiste’s Broadway theatre credits include Bronx Bombers (Circle in the Square Theater), Magic/Bird (Longacre Theater) and Prelude to a Kiss (Roundabout Theater Co.). His television work includes the US shows The Family, Person of Interest, Are We There Yet? and The Good Wife. He has also appeared in the films Men in Black 3, Repatriate, Not For Nothing, Blood in the Sand and 51/50.

Sope Dirisu has appeared on stage in The Whipping Man (Plymouth Theatre Royal & Drum), Pericles (RSC), and Tory Boyz, Romeo & Juliet, Prince of Denmark and Our Days of Rage (National Youth Theatre). His screen credits include Black Mirror, The Halcyon, Undercover, Siblings, The Casual Vacancy, Humans, The Mill and Utopia (TV); Clandestine, Sandcastle, The Huntsman, Criminal and Circles (film).

Arinze Kene is a playwright and actor, and most recently appeared in the 2016 film The Pass alongside Russell Tovey. Further film credits include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Freestyle. He has also appeared on television in Our Girl, Youngers, EastEnders and Casualty. His theatre credits include Been So Long (Young Vic), The Spectacular (Traverse Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre) and Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre/World Tour).

One Night in Miami… is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by John Leonard.

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Brian Friel’s Faith Healer continues at the Donmar Warehouse until August 20, 2016.)