Fetch Clay, Make Man

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About This Show

In the days leading up to one of Muhammad Ali’s (formerly Cassius Clay) most anticipated fights, the heavyweight boxing champion forms an unlikely friendship with the controversial Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit (born Lincoln Perry). 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.

Show Details

Running Time: 2hr 15min (1 intermission)
Dates: First Preview: June 18, 2023 Opening Night: June 25, 2023 Final Performance: July 16, 2023
Location: Kirk Douglas Theatre, California

9820 Washington Blvd.,

Culver City,


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Theatermania Review

| | June 29, 2023
Debbie Allen directs Will Power’s play in a Center Theatre Group production.

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