Howard Lockie

​​as Captain Harvey


Howard Lockie – has appeared in TV Series: Melrose Place, The West Wing and Bones. Mr. Lockie's movie credits include appearances in: Purgatory House and That Thing you Do! 

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Matt Jennings

​​as Bennie


starred as Franklin Jin Rho in the movie "Marriage of Inconvenience" and is a regular on the online series "Part-Time Fame".

Mr. Jennings is no stranger to the theater with a resume that boasts several theatrical performances that include his one-man show "The Universe of Matt Jennings", which debuted at the 2012 NY International Fringe Fest. 

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Harry Fowler

as Joe


It's July 17th in Port Chicago, California. A cool summer Friday night at a munitions naval base just 30 miles north of San Francisco. The year is 1944, segregation in the United Sates is prevalent and World War 2 is in full swing.  African American soldiers are being pushed by their commanders to load ammunition and other explosives onto two large ships. Not one of these men have been properly trained to handle dangerous cargo.  At approximately 10:17pm, something went terribly wrong.  Explosion after explosion! So fierce, it shook the ground with the force of an earthquake.  Knocking out windows and shaking buildings as far east as Boulder City, Nevada.  That night Port Chicago was changed forever, as 320 seamen lost their lives.  What happened next is even more mind-boggling than the explosion itself.  You re now treading in waters filled with chaos, anger, blame, finger pointing, and more importantly guilt. Not one officer in the higher rank was willing to take responsibility for this tragedy.


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Anika McFall


Has appeared in TV Series: Hollywood 911 and Cold Case. You can see Ms. McFall is her latest appearance in the TV Series "The New Edition Story". As a actress, writer, director and producer Anika McFall has staked her claim as an industry veteran. Be on the lookout as Ms, McFall has several projects set to launch in 2017. 

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Get to know the cast...

Oren Williams​

​​as Spencer

Oren Williams – has appeared in TV Series: Chicago Hope and Cold Case. His debut movie career started with Ice Cube's blockbuster "The Player's Club" at the age o 4. Oren's movie credits now include appearances in: Kingdom Come and Rebound. 

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About the Producer:

Dennis Rowe Entertainment Broadway N' Black Theater Series – is a season of African American themed "Broadway" style shows. The season is designed to uplift people and encourage thought through art. The current season includes: Port Chicago 50, Philly, Shades, Don't Mess With God...He'll Wash Your Feet and Love In All The Wrong Faces.


Dennis Rowe  is a producer, book author, playwright and director. Constantly tackling new challenges, Mr. Rowe is versed in theater and motion picture production. Credits include: gospel show "Don't Mess With God", staged musical "God's Trying To Tell You Something" and latest film "If Not for His Grace."  



Port Chicago 50 is a story of love for Country, the American Dream and a quest for Equality and Fairness. Unbelievable. Emotional. Dramatic & Thought – Provoking! Port Chicago is a must see for everyone! Not only will it be a weekend of historical enlightenment but also a special time of entertainment. The powerful story is co-written by David Shackelford and Dennis Rowe, and directed by Dennis Rowe.

The dynamic cast breathes life into a real life story from 1944. The show features a powerful group of performers lead by NAACP Theater Image Award Winner Hal Williams of TV's 227 fame, Oren Williams, Harry Fowler, David Shackelford, Anika McFall, Darrell Philip, Howard Lockie, Matt Jennings, Brandon Raines and Ashli Burrows.

What happened that cool summer night? 


How did it happen and why? 


Meet the seamen before, during and after that fated night.


The dramatic story is told through the eyes of one of the survivors, Freddie Meeks.


Come and witness this powerful presentation of Port Chicago 50.

Some strong language is used. Parental guidance is recommended.

Brandon Rhines

​​​​as Wilson




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Darrell Philip

​​​as Lt. Frye


Darrell Philip – has appeared in TV Series: Unusual Suspects, Get Thee Behind Me and The Price of Fame. Mr. Philip has a host of projects upcoming for release.

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David Shackelford

as Freddie Meeks (Younger)


Co-Writer of "Port Chicago 50". Actor and Freelance Writer. 

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Hal Williams

as Freddie Meeks (Older)


Starred as Lester Jenkins on TV Series 227. He has also appeared on a host of TV Series such as: Sanford & Son, The Sinbad Show and Moesha. A veteran by all standards Mr. Williams career has comprised numerous movie roles and award nominations for his performances in theater, television and film.

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Ashli Burrows

​​​​as Pam


Singer, Songwriiter, Dancer, Choreographer and Actress.  Ms. Burrows has appeared in the movie "If Not For His Grace"

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