The Royale

The Royale

by  Marco Ramirez

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 1f

Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” “The Sport” just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion.
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Through the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, The Royale examines society’s relationship with our present-day cultural heroes and the responsibilities that are thrust upon them when they find themselves outside of the ropes. Loosely based on real events, The Royale brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a place in history. 

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Ramirez avoids cliches, preferring to delve deep into his leading character's psyche and probe such complex questions as whether breaking down barriers or smashing glass ceilings can be almost an accident, and, either way, something not worth the personal cost." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

"[...] a well constructed drama that captures both the beautiful frenzy of boxing and the (sadly still relevant) volatile state of race relations in America." - The Telegraph, Read More

"Extraordinarily efficient! That this production never deploys real physical blows in recreating life in the ring is by no means to say that it doesn’t pack a punch." - The New York Times, Read More 

"[The Royale's] lively manner of telling reanimates this breakthrough saga for a new generation." - Los Angeles Times, Read More

"The play is a stylized, blazingly theatrical triumph that keeps audience members on the edge of their seats." - Miami Herald, Read More

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Videos

  • Scenes from Center Theatre Group's The Royale
  • The Center Theatre Group cast discusses The Royale
  • The Royale Bush Theatre trailer
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Keywords

Black issues, Sports

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Various cities in the US. Some point between 1905 and 1910.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 1f
JAY - The Negro Heavyweight Champion. Late 20s/early 30s.
WYNTON - His trainer. 50s.
NINA - His fierce big sister. 30s.
FISH - An amateur boxer. 18.
MAX - A fight promoter and referee. White. 40s
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Marco Ramirez

Marco Ramirez has had plays produced at Lincoln Center Theater, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), The Humana Festival (Louisville), The Old Globe (San Diego), The Bush Theatre (London), American Theater Company (Chicago), and Center Theatre Group (LA). Honors include the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassn ...

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The Royale premiered at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, CA in April 2013 under the direction of Daniel Aukin.

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