Man in the Ring ;  A Conversation with Reverend Irene Monroe

12/1/2018 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Join us after the 2pm performance of Man in the Ring for a conversation with Reverend Irene Monroe, columnist and theologian.

The Reverend Irene Monroe is an ordained minister, motivational speaker, and African American lesbian feminist theologian who speaks for a sector of society that is frequently invisible. She is a “HuffPost” blogger and a syndicated religion columnist. Her columns appear in 43 cities across the United States and in the UK and Canada. She also writes a weekly column in the Boston LGBTQ newspaper Baywindows. Reverend Monroe describes her columns as an interdisciplinary approach drawing on critical race theory, African American, queer, and religious studies.


About Man in the Ring

Man in the Ring is the captivating and complex true story of six-time world champion prizefighter Emile Griffith and the fight that would haunt him forever. Imbued with the warmth of Griffith’s character and the joyful music of his childhood home, Man in the Ring chronicles his life story, from his humble beginnings in the Virgin Islands to his passionate love affairs and the tragedy that changed his life. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Michael Cristofer’s epic new play, directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Dear Evan Hansen), packs a powerful punch with its message of love and redemption.

Seating at select performances of Man in the Ring is limited, but seats are released every day for sale. Please call Ticketing Services at 617 266 0800 to learn about our Advanced Wait List and be upgraded to a seat automatically when it becomes available.

Approximate run time: Man in the Ring plays in approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission. Please note: Man in the Ring includes adult themes and brief nudity. This production has strobe lighting effects that include intensely bright flashes of light (which simulate flashbulb photography), as well as the smoking of cocoa shell cigarettes (100% nicotine free).


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

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