Ali Summit


by Idris Goodwin
directed by Robert Barry Fleming
developed with a multidisciplinary team of artists

commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
part of the 45th Humana Festival of New American Plays

In 1967, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali met with a group of the top black athletes in the country, who questioned him about his conscientious objection to serving in the Vietnam War. In this new play with deep local roots, acclaimed playwright and poet Idris Goodwin explores a defining moment in the story of a Louisville icon, collaborating with Actors Theatre to catalyze a dynamic community-building initiative.

This work was supported by a Building Demand for the Arts grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Idris asked 'What does it mean to develop a new play in a socially distanced community?' and this website is one tool of opening up and sharing the process as it develops. 

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