Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Type: African American History Month, Performing Arts
Age Group: young adults ages 18-35 years, adults, kids ages 5-10, seniors, teens ages 13-18 years, tweens ages 9-12
Ensemble Theater presents sneak-peeks of main stage productions at the Houston Public Library
Historical icons - Muhammad Ali & Stepin' Fetchit explore friendship at the heart of race relations in 1960s America.
The play is set on the eve of the Cassius Clay―Sonny Liston rematch, and based on the friendship between the actor Stepin Fetchit and Cassius 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―Hollywood in the 20s, where a black actor’s career depended on playing caricatures, and the mid-60s, after the assassination of Malcolm X. With “incisive characterizations, crackling dialogue and generous doses of dark humor” (Hollywood Reporter).