“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.

Eve Alvord Theatre

Age Recommendation: For Ages 9+

Running Time: Approximately 70 minutes. No intermission.

Tickets start at $20.


This production has past.

Special Performances

“everyone–adults, children, seniors–needs to see this play, twice.”

Sara Porkalob (Deconstruct Collective)

Additional Resources

Enjoy articles, activities, interviews, and behind-the-scenes photos in our Active Audience Guide!

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Discussion Topics

  • Perseverance
  • Identity
  • Civil Rights
  • Exclusion
  • Physical Education


Cast / Creative

André G. Brown

Cast Member

Andrew Lee Creech

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Brace Evans

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Bria Samoné Henderson

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Lamar Legend

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Charles Leggett

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Cobey Mandarino

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Syndey Andrews

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Chip Sherman

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Conner Neddersen


Jason Sanford


Porscha Shaw


Production Team

Malika Oyetimein Director

Geoffrey Alm Fight Choreographer

Shawn Ketchum Johnson Scenic Designer

Samantha Jones Costume Designer

Michael Keck Composer & Sound Designer

Matt Webb Lighting Designer

Alyssa Keene Dialect Coach

Jenn Hill Wig Designer

Adrienne Mendoza Stage Manager

Quy Ton Production Asistance

Reading List

For Children and Young Adults


Jimmy the Greatest!
Jairo Buitrago

Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace
Harris J

Betty Before X
Ilyasah Shabazz


A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
Matt de la Peña

A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experience, People, and Events that Shaped Our Country
Jabari Asim

Who Was Muhammad Ali?
James Buckley, Jr.

Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends
David Stabler

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life
Kwame Alexander

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
A sign above the door of the National Memorial African Bookstore read, “This house is packed with all the facts about all the blacks all over the world.” An introduction to Lewis H. Michaux Sr.’s extraordinary bookstore.

For Adults Working with Children and Young Adults

Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Twelve poems illuminating twelve pivotal phases of Muhammad Ali’s life.


Facing History and Ourselves
Teaching a People’s History: Zinn Education Project

Booklist prepared by Michelle Angell
Pierce County Library System