This tragic true story tells the tale of Emile Griffith, a closeted bisexual boxer who became a world champion. The jazz opera takes playgoers through Griffith’s childhood in the Caribbean and explores the consequences of his wrestling match with a homophobic opponent who passed away ten days after being knocked out by Griffith. The show will feature Arthur Woodley as the titular Champion, performing a score composed by Terence Blanchard of Mo’ Better Blues and Inside Man. This complex, nuanced dramatic take on identity and victory is one you won’t want to miss. And don’t forget to stop by for a pre-show Opera Insight session, where you’ll get to learn about the musical choices and production behind the show. You can also participate in a free post-show discussion to hear the perspective of the show’s artists.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Saturday, March 18, 2017
The Kennedy Center