And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

By Idris Goodwin 
Directed by Malika Oyetimein

October 11–November 25, 2018

“No matter how big they got, they started out small.”

Long before he was Muhammad Ali, 12-year-old Cassius Clay knew he would be a hero someday, no matter what anyone else had to say. In the nation’s dark time of Jim Crow racism and violence, Cassius— with the support of his family, training from Officer Joe Martin, and his own hard work—fought his way onto the gold-medal stand and into the history books. 



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Age Recommendation: For Ages 9+

Running Time: Approximately 70 minutes. No intermission.

ACTIVE AUDIENCE GUIDE: And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

ASL Interpreted Performances:

Public - November 10, 2018 1:00pm
School - November 15, 2018 10:30am

Audio Described Performances:
Public - November 10, 2018 1:00pm
School - November 8, 2018 10:30am

Sensory Friendly/Relaxed Performance:
November 11, 2018, 1:00pm

SENSORY FRIENDLY GUIDEBOOK: And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

Recommended for Ages 9+

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We are honored to produce Idris Goodwin’s And In This Corner: Cassius Clay as part of our 2018-2019 season at Seattle Children’s Theatre. The play explores the early life of Muhammad Ali and his trajectory toward activism despite growing up in a time of Jim Crow racism and violence.

As theatre makers for young audiences, it is our responsibility to provide a safe space to examine a scary world. And In This Corner contains sensitive material including an offensive racial slur. Our Active Audience Guide will be available online with a complete synopsis and further contextualizing.

We strive to teach our young people to be kind, empathetic, and fair. The use of harmful language shows how unfair and damaging racial discrimination can be, and with your assistance, we hope to guide our young audience to understand that this kind of behavior is never acceptable – not then, not now.


Courtney Sale

Artistic Director, Seattle Children's Theatre

Dive Into the Ring: Attend an Event

We are proud to partner with ArtsCorpsYouth Speaks Seattle, The Northwest African American Museum, The Vera Project, TeenTix and KUOW's Front Row Center to bring you special events to dive deeper into the world of Idris Goodwin's And in This Corner: Cassius Clay. Take part in boxing demonstrations, a spoken word presentation, screen printing and post-show talk backs around this powerful play, based on the early boyhood of Muhammad Ali, chronicling the future heavyweight champion’s upbringing in Louisville, Kentucky during the Civil Rights Era.


October 2018

Opening Night Screen Printing Demo / The Vera Project

October 12th, 2018, 6:00pm 

The Vera Project will be holding pre and post show screen printing demonstrations in SCT's lobby on opening night of And in This Corner: Cassius Clay. This is a hands-on opportunity to create a poster using SCT's Cassius poster artwork from the show ! The hand printed posters created that night will then be donated to youths at The King County Juvenile Detention Center . The Vera Project's instructors will demonstrate screen printing techniques and offer information on youth programs and classes at The Vera Project.

Boxing Demonstrations with professional boxer, Richard Vansiclen 

Saturday, October 13th & Sunday, October 14th at 4:00pm - 4:20pm   

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!" Participate in a preshow boxing demonstration before the show from University of Washington Boxing Club alumni, 2015 & 2016 Golden Gloves champion, and All-American, Richard Vansiclen. Richard is a professional boxer (5-0 with three knockouts) who will demonstrate basic boxing principals and rhythms. 

Tickets for these shows available here: October 13th, 2018 4:30pm & October 14th, 2018 4:30pm.


Front Row Center with KUOW's Arts and Culture Reporter, Marcie Sillman and the Playwright / Post Show Talkback

Sunday, October 21st, 2018 5:30pm 

Get ring side insight into the creation of this play in a post show talk back. Join KUOW Arts and Culture Reporter, Marcie Sillman, Cassius Playwright, Idris Goodwin and the actor who plays the title role of Cassius Clay, Andre G. Brown for an an in-depth discussion after the show with KUOW's Front Row Center.  Information on Front Row Center can be found here.

Tickets for this show available here: October 21st, 2018 4:30pm .



November 2018

Discussion with Rasheda Ali and Northwest African American Museum Executive Director, LaNesha DeBardelaben / Post Show Talkback

November 4th, 2018, 5:40pm-6:15pm

Join us for a post-show discussion following this performance of AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSIUS CLAY with special guest, Rasheda Ali - internationally known author, spokesperson, advocate, and daughter of Muhammad Ali. This discussion, moderated by LaNesha DeBardelaben, Executive Director of Seattle's Northwest African American Museum, will offer a rare glimpse into the life of Muhammad Ali, Rasheda Ali Walsh's advocacy work, as well as the themes in the play including reflections on the Civil Rights Era and the challenges facing communities of color today.


Get tickets to this performance here: November 4th, 4:30pm

TEEN NIGHT with ArtsCorps and a spoken word presentation by Youth Speaks Seattle

November 16th, 2018, 6:00pm-8:45pm

Join us for Teen Night and a spoken word presentation by Youth Speaks Seattle. Mingle with your friends and join us for preshow snacks and beverages or snap a photo at our selfie station before the 7:00pm performance of And in This Corner: Cassius Clay! Known for his strong sense of social justice and gift for the poetics, Muhammad Ali was a fighter not just inside but outside the ring. SCT is proud to partner with ArtsCorps and Youth Speaks Seattle to honor Ali’s legacy with this special presentation highlighting young local voices on November 16th! Through the words of these Seattle poets, explore the themes of social justice and self-empowerment with Youth Speaks Seattle -“a brave space where young people pick up the pen, take the mic, and take the lead.” Founded in 2003 by young poets, Youth Speaks Seattle holds an ongoing legacy of cultivating youth leadership through spoken word poetry. TeenTix members can reserve their advance discounted tickets by calling our ticket office :(206)441-3322 or show their TeenTix Pass when they purchase ticket before of the show! Doors open at 6pm.

Get tickets to this performance here: November 16th, 7:00pm / Teen Tix members: (206) 441-3322


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