Fetch Clay, Make Man (Regional, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 2023) | Playbill

Fetch Clay, Make Man



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 and direction by Emmy Award® winner, Debbie Allen, 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.

Directed by Debbie Allen

Featuring Ray Fisher, Edwin Lee Gibson, Wilkie Ferguson III, Alexis Floyd, Bruce Nozick, Freddie L. Flemming

Tickets from $30 - $79

  • Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins, with one intermission
  • playwright: Will Power

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