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Fetch Clay, Make Man

By Will Power
Directed by Des McAnuff
Featuring John Earl Jelks, Sonequa Martin, Richard Masur, Evan Parke, and Ben Vereen

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.)


Sponsored by 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.

"A potent drama of pals: Ali and Stepin Fetchit"
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By Howard Shapiro
Philadelphia Inquirer Theater Critic  1/20/2010
"‘Fetch Clay, Make Man’ is season’s best-acted play"
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By Peter Filichia
The Star-Ledger  1/18/2010
"McCarter Theatre's 'Fetch Clay' is subtle yet fascinating"
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By C.W. Walker
CORRESPONDENT, MyCentralJersey.com  1/20/2010
(Click on photos to view Bios)
(From left to right)
John Earl Jelks; Sonequa Martin; Richard Masur; Evan Parke; Ben Vereen;
Playwright Will  Power
Direction Des  McAnuff
Set Design Riccardo  Hernandez
Costume Design Paul  Tazewell
Lighting Design Howell  Binkley
Projection Design Peter  Nigrini
Soundscape Darron  L West
Original Music Justin  Ellington
Movement Director Lisa  Shriver
(Click on name to view Bio)
Location: Berlind
Seating Chart
Dates: Jan 8 - Feb 14, 2010
Run Time:
Time: Tue - Thur - 7:30pm
Fri - 8:00pm
Sat - 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun - 2:00pm & 7:30pm
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Dialogue on Drama
Schedule Reminder
12/17 Live at the Library
1/15Opening Night
1/17 Dialogue on Drama Performance
1/20 Post-Performance Discussions
1/21 Pride Night Party
1/22 After Hours Party
1/24 Post-Performance Discussions
2/6 Open Captioned Performance
2/13 ASL Interpreted Performance
2/14 Audio Described Performance
Dear Patrons,

Will Power is an astonishing young theater artist. I had known of him and his extraordinary hip-hop theater work for years when Kemati Porter, a member of McCarter’s Artistic staff, insisted that I meet him in person to hear about the new play that he was interested in developing: Fetch Clay, Make Man.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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