Inspired by the 1967 summit of prominent Black athletes who met to question Muhammad Ali about his conscientious objection to military service, this virtual project is a collaboration between playwright Idris Goodwin, director Robert Barry Fleming, and the extended reality storytellers and immersive artists of Crux Cooperative.
This work was supported by a Building Demand for the Arts grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Read about Ali Summit in Jesse Green's Critic's Notebook article about "Plays Too Short to Miss."
Ali Summit is a project we've been developing to share on multiple digital platforms through our laboratory for new work and emergent technologies. The audiovisual play releases May 28 for streaming, and an immersive virtual reality experience is in the works for later this year.
What does it mean to develop a new play in a socially distanced community? Idris Goodwin opens up his process and shares some of the inspiration behind Ali Summit on his website.
This video from our virtual event centers on themes from Ali Summit, as well as the entire year of programming at Actors Theatre of Louisville and our evolution into an arts and culture organization as social enterprise.