In the days before one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history, 23-year-old heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali formed an improbable bond with controversial former Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit. Set in the heady times of the mid-1960s, after years of struggle and a series of Civil Rights victories, Fetch Clay, Make Man explores the true story of two wildly different men, each struggling to create and shape his image and legacy. Will Power’s absorbing tale is a rhythmic, expressive, and innovative exploration of one of the missing pages in America’s history book.
An acclaimed playwright, actor, rapper, and educator, Will Power astounded audiences across the nation and around the globe with his solo hip hop performance piece, Flow. His uniquely poetic and fiercely imaginative voice has earned Will a Trailblazer Award from the National Black Theater Network, a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, and a Lucille Lortel Award.
(Please Note: Fetch Clay, Make Man explores complex issues of race, power and image; at times the characters use racially and sexually charged language.)
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts
Fetch Clay, Make Man is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.