White Lightning

Institute History

  • 2016 Theatre Lab


White Lightning takes place in a dilapidated boxing gym underneath a senior citizen center in New Jersey. The play tracks the brief career of Alex, an emotionally stunted amateur boxer who learns to fight from Max, a gifted middle-aged trainer who is in increasingly desperate straits. Max also trains Hector, a young golden glove winner with a shot at a pro career. As the fighters practice, spar and prepare for bouts, they find hope and opportunity inside the gym. But the intensely personal partnership among the three men is threatened by challenges outside the ring—particularly the issue of race—that are a greater obstacle than any opponent.


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