Fetch Clay, Make Man: A Play

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Overlook Duckworth, 2016 - DRAMA - 109 pages
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Set on the eve of the Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston rematch and based on the friendship betw een the actor Stepin Fetchit and Clay- soon to become Muhammad Ali-Fetch Clay, Make Man explores how each handled a life in the public eye as black men in their respective eras-Hollyw ood in the 20s, w here a black actor's career depended on playing caricatures, and the mid-60s, after the assassination of Malcolm X. W ith incisive characterizations, crackling dialogue and generous doses of dark humor (Hollyw ood Reporter), Fetch Clay, Make Man audaciously recreates this improbably friendship and, through the relationship, digs to the heart of race relations during the highly charged days of 1960s America.

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W ILL POW ER is a performer and playw right w hose plays have been produced at New York Theatre W orkshop, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse and many others. His play The Seven w on the Lucille Lortel Aw ard for Best Musical and his solo show s The Gathering and The Flow have toured to over 70 cities. Pow er is currently on the faculty at The Meadow s School of the Arts/SMU and the Andrew W . Mellon Foundation Playw right in Residence w ith the Dallas Theatre Center.

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