Ain’t about bein’ no Heavyweight Champion ofthe White World. It’s about bein’ Champion, period.’
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 boxing promoter hatches a plan for the ‘Fight of theCentury’, The Sport might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion, but at what cost? It’s not just a retired champ he’s facing, it’s ‘The Great White Hope’.
In daring to realise his dream, is Jay responsible for putting African American lives in the danger zone? Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who – at the height of the Jim Crow era – became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth.
"The Royale reanimates this breakthrough saga for a new generation!" Los Angeles Times— Oberon THE ROYALE
Jay 'The Sport' Jackson dreams of being the 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 champion.
About the Author
Marco Ramirez has had plays produced at Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles), The Old Globe (San Diego), The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays. He's currently an artist in residence at Atlantic Theatre Company, and is under commission at both Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group. On television, he's been nominated for WGA and Emmy Awards, and his writing credits include Sons of Anarchy (FX), Da Vinci's Demons (Starz), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), and Marvel's upcoming Daredevil (Netflix).