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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."  

Inspired by true events from 1944. A Dennis Rowe Entertainment and BRG New Arts Production.

“Port Chicago 50” is a story of love for Country, the American Dream and a quest for Equality and Fairness. Dramatic & Thought – Provoking! Co-Writers David Shackelford and Dennis Rowe shine a light on this time of tragedy in US and Bay Area Black History.

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.

Lives were lost. Lives were sacrificed. The dynamic cast directed by Dennis Rowe; features a seasoned group of performers that deliver an emotionally charged presentation. Port Chicago 50 is a must see for everyone!

Some strong language is used. Parental guidance is recommended.

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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.

{Photos and Description are provided as a courtesy of Port Chicago 50 - Play}

Cultural Arts Center

Birel L. Vaughn Theater

<Pictured Above>

  1. Hal Williams – Freddie Meeks (Older)

  2. David Shackelford – Freddie Meeks (Younger)

  3. Harry Fowler – Joe

  4. Anika McFall

  5. Howard Lockie – Captain Harvey

  6. Oren Williams – Spencer

  7. Darrell Phillip – Lt. Frye

  8. Matt Jennigs – Bennie

  9. Ashli Burrows – Pam

  10. Brandon Rhines – Wilson (photo unavailable)