The assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides a framework for Gardley to deepen our understanding of one of America’s most complex, compelling historical figures and explore the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s. 

VIDEO INTERVIEW with Marcus Gardley (Playwright) and Ian Belknap (Artistic Director of The Acting Company). 

Marcus and Ian speak about newly commissioned play X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation based on the life and assassination of Malcolm X, as it compares to William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Created at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Major production support for Marcus Gardley’s X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation is provided by The Roy Cockrum Foundation and The Howard Gilman Foundation.