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.
Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy
A new play by Billy Corben and Aurin Squire
SCENIC DESIGN / Christopher and Justin Swader
COSTUME DESIGN / Lex Liang
LIGHTING DESIGN / Alan C. Edwards
SOUND DESIGN / Abigail Nover
ORIGINAL MUSIC / Salomon Lerner
FIGHT DIRECTOR / Lee Soroko
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR / Rudi Goblen
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER / Kelly Zahnen
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.