Fetch Clay, Make Man


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Text Will Power
Direction Des McAnuff

2013/14 Season

August 23, 2013—October 13, 2013

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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 Fetchit.  With 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.

Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design Howell Binkley
Soundscape Darron L West
Original Music Justin Ellington
Projection Design Peter Nigrini
Movement Consultant Lisa Shriver
Boxing Consultant Michael Olajide, Jr.
Stage Manager Megan Smith

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