The Quiet Champion, an original play about 1949-1951 World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ezzard Charles by local poet and playwright Bud Buczkowske and featuring actor Brian Price, will be presented on Saturday Afternoon, October 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville.
Admission is free. There is a $5 suggested donation.
About Ezzard Charles
Ezzard Mack Charles was born in the small town of Lawrenceville, Georgia. While wearing his mother’s robe and mittens with a clothesline draped over kitchen chairs and a door knob, he would dance about fighting an imaginary opponent announcing himself as Champion Of The World. He went on to win the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament in 1939, his first step in becoming a professional prize fighter.
The Quiet Champion tells how he and his loving wife, Gladys, overcome unscrupulous managers and the exploitation of young fighters. Ezzard eventually fell ill with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”. At the end of his life, struggling with the dreaded ALS neither Ezzard nor his beautiful wife Gladys ever complained and took life in stride.