THE STORY: As he slips into dementia, Emile Griffith tries to make sense of his life’s journey from a young Caribbean emigré who only wanted to sing and play baseball to the six-time world champion boxer he became and the single event that overshadowed his entire life. It happened on national television in the twelfth round of a championship fight. Taunted because of his sexuality, Emile pummeled his opponent into a coma from which he never recovered. A true story driven by tragedy becomes a triumphant tale of forgiveness and redemption. And a journey through hell ends in peace, acceptance, and finally love.
“…an exceptionally artful piece of Chicago theater. …This is not a show to miss.” —Chicago Tribune. “A drama of guilt and forgiveness that unfolds like a duet between the present and the past, MAN IN THE RING persuasively frames the boxing ring—and a boxer’s life—as a moral and existential battleground where the stakes could not be higher.” —Boston Globe. “[Cristofer] has channeled that mix of biography, fate and forgiveness into this metaphorical dust-up between darkness and light, outward effervescence and interior pain, the macho mid-20th century world of pugilism and the love that dared not speak its name.” —WBUR, Boston Public Radio.