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March 18 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$30 – $45
(Note multiple dates and times.) Approaching Ali is an operatic tale inspired by Ali’s deeply personal story, the article “My Dinner with Ali,” and best-selling book, The Tao of Muhammad Ali. The poignant tale recounts how a bullied young boy (Miller) in North Carolina in the early 1960’s is galvanized to overcome some traumatic childhood events when he sees the charismatic and powerful icon, Muhammad Ali, on television. Young Miller follows his idol faithfully, continuing to draw inspiration from him. More than 20years later, as a writer on the brink of middle age, he seeks to rekindle that spirit of awe and gratitude, by visiting his boyhood hero in person at Ali’s mother’s home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Miller drives around indecisively, then steels his resolve, parks the car, nervously walks to the front door, and rings the bell. A lifelong friendship is born.