World Premiere of In This Corner Opens at Old Globe Jan. 10

News   World Premiere of In This Corner Opens at Old Globe Jan. 10 The world-premiere staging of Steven Drukman's In This Corner officially opens at San Diego's Old Globe Jan. 10; previews began Jan. 5.
Dion Graham as Joe Louis and Rufus Collins as Max Schmeling
Dion Graham as Joe Louis and Rufus Collins as Max Schmeling Photo by Craig Schwartz

Tony nominee Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal's The Best Man) helms the production featuring Dion Graham, Katie Barrett, Rufus Collins, David Deblinger, John Keabler, T. Ryder Smith and Al White. The cast performs on the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, which has been transformed into a boxing ring for the production. "In 1938," according to In This Corner press notes, "there was no bigger sporting event than the bout between German boxer Max Schmeling and American 'Brown Bomber' Joe Louis. 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). In preparation for the production, cast members received 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. For tickets phone (619) 234-5623 or visit www.theoldglobe.org.

The Old Globe is located at 1363 Old Globe Way in San Diego, CA.

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