PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day at NYTW's Fetch Clay, Make Man With Tony Winner Nikki M. James
By Matthew Blank
Nikki M. James, a Tony Award winner for her performance in The Book of Mormon, is now appearing in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Will Power's Fetch Clay, Make Man. She shares a recent two-show day at the iconic downtown theatre.
Directed by Des McAnuff, the production will officially open Sept. 12 at 7 PM. Performances are currently scheduled to run through Oct. 13.
The cast comprises Ray Fisher, K. Todd Freeman, Anthony Gaskins, Tony winner Nikki M. James, John Earl Jelks, Jeremy Tardy and Richard Masur.
"In the days leading up to one of Cassius Clay's most anticipated fights, the heavyweight boxing champion forms an unlikely friendship with the controversial Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit," according to press notes. "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, they fight together 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."
The scenic design is by Riccardo Hernandez; costume design is by Paul Tazewell; lighting design is by Howell Binkley; projection design is by Peter Nigrini; soundscape is by Darron L West; original music is by Justin Ellington; and the production stage manager is Megan Smith. The boxing consultant is former boxing champion Michael Olajide, Jr.
New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery. Tickets start at $70 and may be purchased online at ticketcentral.com, or by phoning Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. For exact dates and times of performance, visit nytw.org.
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