by Marco Ramirez
directed by Rachel Chavkin
Lincoln Center Theater
Previews begin February 11, 2016
Opens March 7, 2016. Through May 1, 2016.
Loosely based on the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion, THE ROYALE tells, in six rounds, the fictional story of Jay “The Sport” Johnson, a charismatic Negro Heavyweight Champion. It’s 1905 and as Johnson faces his opponents – and confronts his demons – he exposes the troublesome events in his life that have propelled him into the ring with a burning desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
THE ROYAL premiered at London's Bush Theare
Marco Ramirez is an award-winning American playwright who is currently a writer on staff for FX’s most successful running television series, Sons of Anarchy, and has also written on Da Vinci’s Demonsand Netflix’s hit show, Orange is the New Black.
Off- Broadway: Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova); Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Obie Award; Drama Desk, Lortel Nominations; Ars Nova, Kazino); The TEAM's RoosevElvis (Bushwick Starr, Vineyard Theatre with PS122); Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy's Three Pianos (Obie Award; Incubator Arts Project, New York Theatre Workshop, ART); Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge (Act II, HERE); James Monaco and Jerome Ellis' Aaron/Marie (with Annie Tippe; Under The Radar Incoming). Regional/UK: The TEAM and Heather Christian's Mission Drift (London's National Theatre), Marco Ramirez's The Royale (Old Globe), Meg Miroshnik's Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep), Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (Northern Stage, English National Tour). Doris Duke Impact Award Nominee. Artistic Director of The Brooklyn-based experimental ensemble The TEAM (www.theteamplays.org).