August 23 - October 13


By Will Power
Directed by Des McAnuff


Scenic design
Riccardo Hernandez
Lightning design
Howell Binkley
Costume design
Paul Tazewell
Darron L West
Original Music
Justin Ellington
Projection design
Peter Nigrini

Movement Consultant
Lisa Shriver
Boxing Consultant
Michael Olajide, Jr.
Production Stage Manager
Megan Smith

Single Tickets 80.00 each
Member Guest Tickets:
$25 each for preview performances
$40 each for post-opening performances ($20 for all Member Guest tickets for sunday night performances)
To purchase Member Guest tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200



First Preview
August 23, 2013

Opening Night
September 12, 2013

Final Performance
October 13, 2013

(in alphabetical order)

Company Bio's
Production Photos


Ray Fisher
K. Todd Freeman
Anthony Gaskins
Nikki M. James
John Earl Jelks
Richard Masur
Jeremy Tardy

Muhammad Ali
Stepin Fetchit
Brother of Islam
Sonji Clay
Brother Rashid
William Fox
Brother of Islam

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In the days leading up to one of Cassius Clay's most anticipated fights, the heavyweight boxing champion forms an unlikely friendship with the controversial Hollywood star Stepin FetchitWith a rhythmic script by award-winning performer and playwright Will Power, who received rave reviews for his hip-hop productions of Flow and The Seven at NYTW, and direction by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy, Jersey Boys), FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN explores the improbable bond that forms between two drastically different and influential cultural icons. One a vibrant and audacious youth, the other a resentful and almost forgotten relic – together as they fight to form their public personas and shape their legacies amidst the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s. This true story is as powerful and poetic as Clay himself while also humorous and irreverent like Fetchit's signature act. Finding commonality in contradiction, FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN examines the true meaning of strength, resilience and pride.

Performance schedule:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm
Thursdays and Fridays, 8:00pm
Saturday, 3pm, 8pm
Sunday, 2 pm, 7pm

Running time:
2 Hours minutes with one intermission

Saturday, August 24, 8:00pm performance only
Saturday, September 28, 8:00pm performance only
Friday, September 13, no performance
Sunday, October 13, 2:00pm performance only

Student Matinee:
Thurs, Sept 25th at 1pm

NYTW provides discounted tickets for student groups of ten or more. Please contact Stephanie Warren for specific pricing at or call 212-780-9037.

4th Street Bar Association Night:
August 27

Repeat Defender's Night:
September 19

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AfterWords (post-performance audience discussion):
Tuesday, August 27
With Will Power and Des McAnuff

Tuesday September 17
With members of Fetch Clay, Make Man cast

Tuesday October 8
Scholars and artists speak about the historical
context of Stepin Fetchit, Muhammad Ali
and the 1960's

Cucina Chats
Join us for a glass of wine and a discussion after these performances below. Unlike our more structured AfterWords series, these are an opportunity for audience members to explore their experience of the play in an informal "book club" style discussion with fellow audience members.

September 27
October 2
October 10

Please remember that performances start promptly and latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break.
There is a monitor in the lobby where late-comers can view the performance. If you leave the auditorium during the performance,
you may be asked to wait until a suitable break before you can reenter.