The American Founding ignited the greatest anti-slavery movement in history. Through sacrifices of blood, sweat, and tears, Americans did more than any nation ever had to bring a swift end to slavery.

In 2020, Speakeasy Ideas presents, “Tragedy & Triumph: The Story of Slavery in the United States.” The story will be told in ten live events, which we are calling ten “chapters,” spread out over ten months, January through October.

The “Tragedy & Triumph” experience will offer the truth regarding the heroic American story of abolishing slavery. If you are planning to attend and want to make sure you have a seat, click one of the “Purchase Tickets” buttons on this page and get yours now!

We’re stepping up our game in 2020 as we bring our clubs together, under one roof, to the theater at the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, where you’ll be treated with the professional-level production that this subject deserves.

Join us once a month, January through October, as we explore the origins of American exceptionalism and goodness. Tragedy & Triumph: You’re going to fall in love with your country all over again.


We are thrilled to present Tragedy & Triumph at the The Soiled Dove Underground in the Lowery area of Denver. To clarify, this is NOT the former Soiled Dove theater in Downtown Denver. Lowry is the neighborhood Northeast of Quebec and Alameda, approximately 3 ½ miles east of the Cherry Creek Mall, and the Soiled Dove Underground has plenty of free parking.

Westword called The Soiled Dove Underground “the best small venue in Denver,” making it the perfect setting for Tragedy & Triumph.

The Soiled Dove offers a slightly larger capacity than the venues we’ve been using, yet the space is still personal and intimate. No seat is more than 30 feet from the stage.

It’s the kind of place that’s so comfortable, you don’t want to leave after you sit down. With doors opening at 4:30 p.m., and Tragedy & Triumph not starting until 6:00, it’s a perfect spot for late afternoon business meetings before you settle in for the evening shows.

There’s a full menu, a full bar, and a fully professional wait staff waiting to take care of you.

The Soiled Dove features incredible acoustics, specifically designed for live performances, and state of the art audio and lighting. Bring family, bring friends, bring colleagues. For those of you who have never attended a live event at the Soiled Dove Underground, you’ll understand why we picked this special venue the moment you walk in the doors.
The second Tragedy and Triumph show is February 24 and tickets are limited. Don’t wait until seats are gone. Get your tickets now.

Photos from Chapter 1:

All this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the Constitution and the Union we could not have attained the result. But even these are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something in back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something is the principle of “Liberty to all!” — the principle that clears the path for all — gives hope to all — and, by consequence, enterprise and industry to all.

The expression of that principle, in our Declaration of Independence, was most happy and fortunate. Without this, as well as with it, we could have declared our independence of Great Britain; but without it, we could not, I think, have secured our free government and consequent prosperity. No oppressed people will fight and endure, as our fathers did, without the promise of something better than a mere change of masters.

The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word “fitly spoken” which has proved an “apple of gold” to us. The Union and the Constitution are the picture of silver subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not to conceal or destroy the apple, but to adorn and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple, not the apple for the picture. Let us act that neither picture nor apple shall ever be blurred, or bruised, or broken. That we may so act, we must study and understand the points of danger.

—Abraham Lincoln, 1861