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And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

Feb. 2 to Feb. 18, 2018 
McColl Family Theatre

Recommended for ages 8 and older

 
by Idris Goodwin

 Approximate length: 80 minutes

 Sensory-Friendly Performance: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m..
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. 
At the sound of the bell, young Cassius Clay Jr. takes his first step into the ring and starts becoming the man the world will one day know as Muhammad Ali. This vibrant historical drama takes the audience through the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Kentucky. And in This Corner: Cassius Clay goes an extra, exhilarating round by exploring how remarkable communities inspire people to greatness.
A note about language used in the play:
The playwright of this script uses historically accurate language that reflects the reality of segregated America, especially the time in which And In This Corner…Cassius Clay is set: 1950s Kentucky. The playwright uses the “n-word” once in conversation between the characters of Cassius and his best friend Eddie. In that moment, Cassius recalls a time it was used against him during a sit-in at a “white-only” diner. This word is painful to hear and can be difficult to talk about. However, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has chosen not to censor this word in the play. The experience Cassius has is personal and affects his view of the world. To censor the word limits the play’s ability to accurately represent his experience and the time period in which he grew up. We want the stage to give a voice to important issues and events and not minimize the racist treatment of black Americans. You may want to discuss this word and its context in the play with your children before seeing the performance. ►Click here to read an interview with Arizona State University Professor Neal A. Lester about the history of the word and suggestions on how to discuss it with your children.
Booking notes:
  • School performances are for student groups of 20 or more.
  • Tickets range from $9 to $10 per person, tax included.
  • Adults, including teachers, must purchase a ticket and be included in the total reservation.
  • No children 3 years of age or younger are permitted to attend school performances

For more booking details, see our School Performances FAQs or call School Performance Coordinator, Arlethia Hailstock at 704-973-2829.

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay


Jan. 31 to Feb. 16, 2018
McColl Family Theatre

Recommended for third grade and older

 
by Idris Goodwin

 Approximate length: 80 minutes
At the sound of the bell, young Cassius Clay Jr. takes his first step into the ring and starts becoming the man the world will one day know as Muhammad Ali. This vibrant historical drama takes the audience through the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Kentucky. And in This Corner: Cassius Clay goes an extra, exhilarating round by exploring how remarkable communities inspire people to greatness.

A note about language used in the play:
The playwright of this script uses historically accurate language that reflects the reality of segregated America, especially the time in which And In This Corner…Cassius Clay is set: 1950s Kentucky. The playwright uses the “n-word” once in conversation between the characters of Cassius and his best friend Eddie. In that moment, Cassius recalls a time it was used against him during a sit-in at a “white-only” diner. This word is painful to hear and can be difficult to talk about. However, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has chosen not to censor this word in the play. The experience Cassius has is personal and affects his view of the world. To censor the word limits the play’s ability to accurately represent his experience and the time period in which he grew up. We want the stage to give a voice to important issues and events and not minimize the racist treatment of black Americans. You may want to discuss this word and its context in the play with your students before seeing the performance. ►Click here to read an interview with Arizona State University Professor Neal A. Lester about the history of the word and suggestions on how to discuss it with your students.

School performance schedule
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 8 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m.
Sensory-Friendly Performance
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. Buy tickets

Children's Theatre of Charlotte offers a sensory-friendly performance for each of our Mainstage productions, modified for families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.

Children's Theatre of Charlotte trains all staff to meet the needs of those attending. Before attending the performances, families can walk through virtual tours online and get to know ImaginOn’s public space including the interior of the McColl Family Theatre and the Wells Fargo Playhouse. Parents can download a variety of resources to help them prepare their family for the show.

At the performance, theatre lighting and sound will be softened and the house lights will dim but stay on. Guests will also have extra room in the house to move around as needed during the performance. Quiet spaces, fidgets and headphones will also be available.

Virtual Tour

ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Buy tickets

Children's Theatre of Charlotte offers a sign language interpreted performance for each of our Mainstage productions. These shows are interpreted by a professional ASL interpreter who has read the script and had early access to the show to ensure that their interpretation is accurate.

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And In This Corner: Cassius Clay

Talkback
 with the Director and the Cast
Friday, Feb. 2 after 7:30 p.m. show
Cast Meet & Greet Sunday, Feb. 4 after 2 p.m. show
Education Night
 Backstage Tour, Workshop, and Demonstration
Friday, Feb. 9 6:30 p.m.
Sensory-Friendly Performance Saturday, Feb. 17 11 a.m.
Demonstration
 | How do the actor's perform "fight choreography"?
Saturday, Feb. 17 after 3 p.m. show