"A KNOCKOUT! Fierce, poetic, and profound. Ready for Broadway!”Chicago Sun Times

Man in the Ring is the incredible true story of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith and the fatal fight he could never forget. This sweeping tale covers Emile’s humble beginnings in the Virgin Islands, his passionate love affairs, and the infamous, life changing Madison Square Garden match against his archrival. He searches for redemption and must confront his past in this epic new play, imbued with warmth and the sounds of the Caribbean.

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Michael Cristofer“I am happy to return to the Huntington as a playwright this time, bringing them the true story of Emile Griffith – a young immigrant from the Virgin Islands, a gay man struggling with his identity in the brutal world of sports, trying at the end of his life as he slips into dementia to piece together the story of love and pain and joy that was his life. And to find peace. A true hero in my book.” — Michael Cristofer

Press Reviews

"A knockout! Fierce, poetic, and profound. Ready for Broadway!”Chicago Sun Times
"An exceptionally artful piece of theatre. This is not a show to miss!” Chicago Tribune
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  • Michael Cristofer Playwright Michael Cristofer Playwright
  • Michael Greif Director Michael Greif Director

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