Tony-nominated director Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal's The Best Man) will stage the new work about famed African-American boxer Joe Louis on the Old Globe's Cassius Carter Centre Stage, which will be transformed into a boxing ring for the unique Old Globe staging.
In This Corner will star Dion Graham (Joe Louis), Katie Barrett (Nurse/FemaleReporter/Girl/Anny/Tutor/USO Girl), Rufus Collins (Max Schmeling), David Deblinger (Reporter/Jacobs), John Keabler (Boxer), T. Ryder Smith (Announcer/Hitler/Ref/Officer) and Al White (Blackburn/Pastor).
"In 1938, there was no bigger sporting event than the bout between German boxer Max Schmeling and American 'Brown Bomber' Joe Louis," according to press notes. "World War II is about to change how Americans view the world around them and this fight elevated Louis from African-American hero to All-American icon. In 1970, the two men reunite in the most unlikely of places: a psychiatric ward."
The production team features Lee Savage (scenic design), Tracy Christensen (costume design), Tyler Micoleku (lighting design), and Lindsay Jones (sound design). The cast is receiving boxing training from the Boxing Company of Point Loma, CA.
Steven Drukman's works include Going Native, Another Fine Mess (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Flattery Will Get You, Snowmaiden, Collateral Damage, Fox Hollow and Youth in Asia. He is an associate arts professor at NYU, and former senior editor for "American Theatre Magazine." In This Corner will play the Old Globe through Feb. 10 with an official opening set for Jan. 10. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Dec. 9. Old Globe members may currently purchase tickets for the limited run.
For tickets and further information about the Old Globe engagement, visit www.theoldglobe.org.