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Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy

Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy

MARCH 7 - APRIL 7 2019

WORLD PREMIERE.  Written by Billy Corben and Aurin Squire. Directed by Michel Hausmann.

Based on the acclaimed documentaries by Billy Corben, Cocaine Cowboys chronicles the development of the illegal drug trade in Miami during the 1970s and 1980s through the eyes of Rivi Ayala, a hired assassin working with the notorious drug dealer Griselda Blanco. Created from the actual texts of Ayala’s depositions, newspaper articles of the time, and other found documents, this new theatrical documentary will shed light on how the economic growth which took place in Miami during this period was a benefit of the drug trade, and how it shaped the Magic City we know today. Award-winning playwright, journalist, and multimedia artist Aurin Squire, currently a writer on CBS’ The Good Fight, and a graduate of North Miami Beach High School, joins Billy Corben and Michel Hausmann in developing this uniquely Miami docudrama.

This production was supported by Miami New Drama’s second Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Critical Acclaim

"Wow! Just effing Wow! Miami New Drama's artistic director, Michel Hausmann has mounted a can't believe I'm seeing this bang bang show in Miami Beach's Colony Theatre."

Roger Martin, Broadway World

"If you just adore perching on your seat, mouth agape, whistling breath, eyeballs bulging, there's super satisfaction waiting at the Colony Theatre, courtesy Miami New Drama and the CONFESSIONS OF A COCAINE COWBOY.”

Roger Martin, Broadway World

“The gasping audience sucks the oxygen from the rafters.”

Roger Martin, Broadway World

“The acting in the production is impeccable.”

Christine Dolen, Miami Herald/Artburst Miami

“Corben and Squire’s Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy views some of the same people through the lens of theatrical art, finding linkages, interpreting actions, drawing unabashed conclusions.”

Christine Dolen, Miami Herald/Artburst Miami

“Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy’ is the must see Miami play.”

Steven Toth, The Jitney

“Miami New Drama is bringing works to Miami that are provocative and fresh, and in the confines of the historic Colony Theatre, there’s something magical about seeing a play homegrown in the Magic City.”

Michelle F. Solomon, Florida Theater on Stage
Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy

Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy

A new play by Billy Corben and Aurin Squire

SCENIC DESIGN / Christopher and Justin Swader
SOUND DESIGN / Abigail Nover
ORIGINAL MUSIC / Salomon Lerner
DIRECTION / Michel Hausmann


Stephen G. Anthony* / Singleton, Charlie, Javi
Yancey Arias* / Rivi
Bryan Blanco / Boy
Rudi Goblen / Flaco, Miguelito, Clerk,
Prison Guard, Cop
Andhy Mendez* / Vanegas, Granados, Alfredo, Crew member, Prisoner, Priest, Cop
Zilah Mendoza* / Kathy, Griselda, Gladys
Nicholas Richberg* / Diaz, Fernando, Chucho

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

​Based on rakontur’s acclaimed documentary “Cocaine Cowboys”, produced by Alfred Spellman, Billy Corben and David Cypkin. Executive Producers: Mara Beth Sommers, Bruno del Granado, Daniela Manas.