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The XIXth

(The Nineteenth)

March 17 - April 23

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

(from left) Patrick Marron Ball as Pete, Biko Eisen-Martin as John Carlos (Los), and Korey Jackson as Tommie in The XIXth. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

The XIXth


March 17 – April 23, 2023

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

World premiere
By Kemp Powers
Directed by Carl Cofield

Mexico City, 1968. Two Black American sprinters, the fastest men on Earth, raise their fists in protest. Inspired by real events from the historic 19th Olympic Games, and directed by Carl Cofield (Seize the King, The Bacchae), this suspenseful world-premiere play by Kemp Powers (Pixar’s Soul, One Night in Miami) chronicles the intersection of sports and activism, and shows the life-changing repercussions of being a champion who chooses to speak out.

The XIXth (The Nineteenth) is supported by major production sponsors Ann Davies and Hal and Pam Fuson.

Total running time: One hour and 45 minutes (one act with no intermission).

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Post Show Forum: Tuesday, March 28; Tuesday, April 11; and Wednesday, April 12.

Suitability Suggestions: The XIXth includes mature themes, profanity, and racially charged language. This production contains the use of herbal smoke and the sound of a gunshot.


Listen to KPBS Midday Edition: Kemp Powers on The Nineteenth and 'Spider-Man,' the De La Torre Brothers and Reggie Watts. For more ways to listen, click here!


“The Old Globe is going for the gold! The show is engaging and entertaining with plenty of heart and humor. An excellent production that brings the stories of these events back to focus.” —BroadwayWorld

“Wonderful, smart, and thought-provoking. Carl Cofield directs the play with visual pop, fleet pacing, muscular energy, and welcome humor.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“A brilliant must-see! A can’t-miss production that deserves to be told and seen by all.” —The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

Cast and Creatives



Kemp Powers (Playwright) London: One Night in Miami… (Donmar Warehouse; Olivier nom). Regional: Little Black Shadows (South Coast Rep), Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue (CTG Digital Stage), One Night in Miami… (Rogue Machine Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Center; Ted Schmitt Award, Ovation nom). Film/television: One Night in Miami... (Oscar nom), Soul (Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award), “Star Trek: Discovery.” Upcoming: director of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse.

Carl Cofield (Director) Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU, Associate Artistic Director of Classical Theatre of Harlem since 2018. CTH directing credits: Twelfth Night, Seize the King, The Bacchae, Antigone, Macbeth, The Tempest, Dutchman. Other directing: the world premiere of Kemp Powers’s One Night in Miami… (Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles, later iterations at Miami New Drama, Denver Center); productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory. Other positions: faculty at Yale School of Drama, Columbia School of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, The New School. Education: M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University.

Riw Rakkulchon (Scenic Design) (pronounced Ree-you; he/they) Set a costume designer, animator, chef from Bangkok, Thailand. Theatre: Yale Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, The Old Globe, Drury Lane Theatre, Asolo Rep, Portland Stage, The Acting Company, 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe, Primary Stages, Hartford Stage, The Public Theater, amongst others. Board member: WithAll, a not-for-profit organization fighting to end eating disorders. Member: United Scenic Artists 829. @riwrdesign on Instagram.

Mika Eubanks (Costume Design) Currently located in New York, hailing from Maryland. Education: M.F.A. in Costume Design from Yale School of Drama. Theatre design credits: Feeding Beatrice (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Fires in the Mirror (Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre), King Lear starring Andre De Shields (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Grand Horizons (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Seize the King (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Lessons in Survival: 1971 (Vineyard Theatre), Twelfth Night (Yale Repertory Theatre; Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Costume Design). Film: short film Candace, Hulu miniseries Initiative 29.

Allen Lee Hughes (Lighting Design) Broadway: Topdog/Underdog, Ohio State Murders, A Soldier’s Play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park, Having Our Say, Mule Bone, Once on This Island, K2, Strange Interlude, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Quilters. Regional theatre: ACT, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons. Honors: four Tony nominations, an Outer Critics Circle Award, USITT Distinguished Achievement Award, Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, two Helen Hayes Awards. Other: The Fellows Program at Arena Stage bears his name.

David R. Molina (Original Music and Sound Design) The Old Globe: El Borracho. Regional: King Lear (STL Shakespeare Festival), Quixote Nuevo (Hartford Stage, Alley Theatre, Round House), Hotter than Egypt (DCPA), Mojada (Rep of St. Louis, CTG, OSF), Two Trains Running (Seattle Rep, Arena Stage), Macbeth (Next Chapter Podcasts/Play On Podcasts), La Mezcla’s Pachuquismo tours (Brava Theater). Resident Artist: Brava Theater, NAKA Dance Theater, Human Shakes. Awards: L.A. Ovation, Creative Capital, InterMusic SF Musical Grant Program, San Francisco Arts Commission, MAP Fund. Instrument design/multimedia art: SFMOMA, The Broad, Oakland Museum of California, McLoughlin Gallery. Music collaborations: Tau (Berlin), Emanative (U.K.), El Paso (Peru), The Pyramids. Bands: Impuritan, Ghosts and Strings, Transient. drmsound.com.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) The Old Globe: Exotic Deadly, Under a Baseball Sky, What We Talk About…, Dial M for Murder, Mala, Shutter Sisters, Hurricane Diane, Noura, They Promised Her the Moon, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, The Wanderers, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Skeleton Crew. Select Broadway: Ohio State Murders, Macbeth, The Minutes, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, Ink, The Waverly Gallery, The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House Part 2, Jitney, The Glass Menagerie, Blackbird, Fish in the Dark, Disgraced, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Additional theatre: MTC, Signature, Atlantic, Goodman, Vineyard. Television: “New Amsterdam” (NBC), “American Odyssey” (NBC).

Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: The Taming of the Shrew, Shutter Sisters, The Underpants, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, Red Velvet, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional: The Inheritance (Geffen Playhouse), Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Put Your House in Order, Hollywood, Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse), A Chorus Line (Moonlight Stage Productions), The Humans, Aubergine, Evita, Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Last Five Years, HIR, Shakespeare’s R&J, Mistakes Were Made (Cygnet Theatre Company), Hairspray, The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre). Education: B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.

Kendra Stockton (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Come Fall in Love, The Taming of the Shrew, Trouble in Mind, Hair, Almost Famous, As You Like It, The Gods of Comedy, Familiar, Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, Much Ado About Nothing, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (as production assistant). Regional: House of Joy (San Diego Rep), Home of the Brave, #SuperShinySara, Guards at the Taj, The Orphan of Zhao, The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse), The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre).

Jaimeo Brown
Paul N. Roth
Alto Saxophone