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Available August 23, 2007
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Performance Length

1 hr, 20 mins 

Ticket Price

$20 - $40

Special Events

Deaf Audience Theatre Experience and Audio Described performance :
Sat, Oct 6 mat

Neighborhood Night
Sat, Oct 13 @ 2PM


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Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are not admitted




"A DAZZLING COMBINATION OF HIP-HOP POETRY AND SINGING, and impossibly eloquent, intense acting, all laid over the superstructure of a brilliantly fluid dramatic structure -- Matt Sax regales, pleads and entertains his audience."
-Laurence Vittes, The Hollywood Reporter (review online)


"A young white boy from Chicago... is currently singing, dancing and acting in a KICK-BUTT, RHYME-BUSTING MUSICAL DRAMA, during whose run the Kirk Douglas Theater had better keep up the insurance on its roof."
-Bob Verini, Variety (review online)


"When words speak truth, hip-hop will prevail."

come inside / open your ears up wide/
  we're about to ride through a glorious sky/
  outside/ the world is cold/ in here/
  we're straight on fire/
  words dripping from these walls of mine

When Clifford's suburban family explodes into divorce and violence, he runs -- and finds an unlikely protector in Sir John, a master of the spoken word and aspiring hip-hop producer with a mysterious past. Sir John teaches Clifford to use hip-hop to find his voice -- and discovers a talent that just might take the world by storm. As Clifford ascends to stardom as the phenom Clay, his world is turned upside down by a past that won't let loose.

An explosive performance in a rock-and-roll fable featuring an arresting and original hip-hop score.

"Clay is the kind of phenomenon that dazzles you and whets your appetite."
-Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register (review online)


“With his rubbery face, deft morphing into and out of multiple characters and ages, and feverish command of the hip-shop style, Sax is clearly a master of the form.”

-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times


  • Written and performed by
    Matt Sax
  • Developed in collaboration with and Directed by
    Eric Rosen


Matt Sax freestyles for Clay


CLAY performer & director discuss their new hip-hop musical