Dmae features two African American stories in the final show during Black History Month. First up we talk with Oregon Children’s Theatre about their production of And in This Corner: Cassius Clay. We’ll talk with artistic director Stan Foote, co-director Jerry Foster artistic director of Passin’ Art Theatre and playwright Idris Goodwin.  And in the second part of the show we continue our conversation with Foster and his director William Earl Ray of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at Passin’ Art.

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Stan Foote, William Earl Ray & Jerry Foster
Stan Foote, William Earl Ray & Jerry Foster

More about Cassius: Every superhero has an origin story. Twelve-year-old Cassius Clay’s story begins in segregated Louisville, KY, when his bike gets stolen and he meets a police officer who teaches him how to box. Step into the ring with Cassius (and his world-famous wit and sense of humor) as he becomes one of the world’s greatest boxers and civil rights advocates, Muhammad Ali.

Oregon Children’s Theatre presents…

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay
by NEA award-winning playwright, Idris Goodwin

Dates & Times: March 3—25, 2018, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 5:00pm, Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm.
All shows are at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland

Age Recommendation 8 and up. Please note: This show uses historically accurate language that we believe reflects the reality of the setting of the play, 1960s segregated America. For more information, visit

Run time: 60 minutes with no intermission
Ticket Prices: $14-$28. Discounts available for groups of 8 or more. Visit for more info.

LONG ISLAND, NY – MAY 17: Cassius Clay, 20 year old heavyweight contender from Louisville, Kentucky poses for the camera on May 17, 1962 in Long Island, New York. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images)
La' Tevin Alexander as Cassius Clay
La’ Tevin Alexander as Cassius Clay














Passin Art Theatre presents…

Two Trains Running
by August Wilson

March 2-April 1, 2018
Friday/Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday | 3 p.m.
The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC)
5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR

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The Civil Rights Movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969 and Memphis Lee’s diner scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the City’s renovation project (economic development). Struggling to cope with the rapidly changing world, Memphis and diner regulars fight to hang onto their solidarity and sense of community.

With compassion, humor and a sense of place and time, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson, paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in the shadows of major events, and the unsung men and women who are anything but ordinary.

August Wilson
August Wilson