In May 1965, the young heavyweight champ Cassius Clay was nearing one of his most anticipated fights when he invited the washed-up actor Stepin Fetchit into his entourage. But why? Will Power’s new drama, Fetch Clay, Make Man, concerns how this unlikely pair became friends despite their vast differences. At the time, Ali was a powerful new convert to the Nation of Islam while Fetchit, who had made a fortune in Hollywood in the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s portraying crude and demeaning African-American stereotypes, was an anachronism. Tony winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) directs.

Fri., Aug. 23, 2 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Aug. 23. Continues through Oct. 13, 2013