THE ROYALE

By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Stuart Carden

January 21 – February 12, 2017

Jay “The Sport” Jackson is a legend in the making. He has his eyes set on becoming the heavyweight champion of the world, but the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America might just be his fiercest opponent yet. This thrilling drama by Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s Daredevil, Orange is the New Black) goes ringside for the fight of the century. Inspired by the true story of trail-blazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale follows one man’s quest for victory against all odds.

VIDEO

THE ROYALE: ON STAGE THROUGH FEB. 12

THE ROYALE AT CITY THEATRE

PLAYWRIGHT

MARCO RAMIREZ

Marco Ramirez

PHOTOS

The Royale

Photos by Kristi Jan Hooover.

PRESS

“The Royale” at City Theatre

The Pittsburgh Tatler | By Wendy Arons
Feb 6, 2017

The Royale is one of those plays that lingers: its combination of confident theatricality and brutally honest emotion is fresh and bracing…

Review: City Theatre

Visit Pittsburgh | By Molly Allweins
Feb. 2, 2017

Similar to a Shakespearean play, there is a notable rhythm to “The Royale”. Instead of iambic pentameter, however, the action and dialogue flows through the claps and stomps of the actors on stage. Words and sounds are the stars.

Review: THE ROYALE, City Theatre

‘Burgh Vivant | Lonnie the Theatre Lady
Feb. 2, 2017

It’s almost like poetry. You could feel every blow & every punch.

REVIEW: The Royale

Pittsburgh in the Round | By Jason Clearfield
Feb 2, 2017

The jabbing dialogue overlays every continuous line.  The chorus that pieces the fight, from build to final punch, works within the direction so smoothly; it fixes the adrenaline of a boxing match into the beat of a song.

Review: The Royale at City Theatre

Pittsburgh City Paper | By Ted Hoover
Feb. 1, 2017

Desean Kevin Terry attacks the role of Jay with an intensity as controlled as it is ferocious… Bernard Gilbert and Bria Walker provide a powerful reminder of the risk and pain at stake.

The Royale Promises a Knock Out Punch at City Theatre

Pittsburgh Owl Scribe | By Dave Zuchowski
Jan 31, 2017

The Royale is a heart-pounding drama inspired by the true story of the trail-blazing African American boxer, Jack Johnson.

Stage Review: 'The Royale' by City Theatre

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
Jan. 31, 2017

Under the direction of Stuart Carden, you feel the impact of every psychological gut punch as the “The Royale” delivers a battle cry for a more just world order.

Theatre Review: ‘The Royale’ at City Theatre

PA Theatre Guide | By Shawn Clerkin
Jan. 31, 2017

Director Stuart Carden stages the production with exciting and innovative movement and physical dexterity

PREVIEW: Wrestling, boxing take to the ring for two knock-out plays

TribLIVE.com | By Sally Quinn
Jan. 20, 2017

“I don’t see how anyone any can read and, hopefully, see our production, and not be struck by this piece.” -Desean Kevin Terry to Sally Quinn

Stage preview: City Theatre's 'The Royale' is a boxing play without boxing

Pittsburgh-Post Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
Jan. 19, 2017

“I have been doing a lot of work in film and TV, and I wanted to tell a story that could only be told in theater, that can only be experienced live, that demands the audience’s imagination. You have to be onboard for that.” – Marco Ramirez

Get a ringside seat for the Pittsburgh premiere of Marco Ramirez’s The Royale

NEXTpittsburgh | By Jennifer Baron
Jan. 16, 2016

Get a ringside seat at the Southside-based theater to explore racial tensions, individual ambition, sporting and social history—all through the dramatic lens of the boxing world at the turn of the 20th century.

CAST

BERNARD GILBERT
Fish
ANDREW WILLIAM SMITH
Max
TIM EDWARD RHOZE
Wynton
DESEAN KEVIN TERRY
Jay
BRIA WALKER
Nina
TONY II LORRICH
Ensemble
SIDDIQ SAUNDERSON
Ensemble

CREATIVE TEAM

STUART CARDEN
Director

BRIAN BEMBRIDGE
Scenic & Lighting Designer

KAREN GILMER
Costume Designer

MIKHAIL FIKSEL
Sound Designer

STEPHANIE PAUL
Body Percussion and Movement Choreographer

IMPORTANT DATES

SUN, JAN 22 | 7:00 PM
Sipping Sunday

FRI, JAN 27 | 8:00 PM
Opening Night

SUN, JAN 29 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

FRI, FEB 3 | 8:00 PM
Greenroom

SUN, FEB 5 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

TUES, FEB 7| 7:00 PM
ASL Interpretation

SUN, FEB 12 | 2:00 PM
Open Captioning & Audio Description

ADDITIONAL INFO

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 75 minutes; there is no intermission.

WARNING

A strobe light will be used for this production.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

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TICKETS

REGULAR ADMISSION

Starting at $37.50.

PERSONS UNDER 30

$15 advance tickets, excluding Fridays 8pm/Saturdays 5:30pm.

$15 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours prior to show.

Tickets will be held at Will Call. Must present valid ID. One ticket per ID.

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT

A limited number of “Pay-What-You-Want” tickets will be available two hours before the 1 p.m. performance on Saturday, February 4th. Please call the box office in advance to check on availability. Mention “Pay-What-You-Want” pricing when purchasing.

SENIORS AGE 62 AND OLDER

$22 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours prior to show.

GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE

Save when you bring a group! For pricing, contact Joel Ambrose, Box Office Manager, by email or at: 412.431.4400 x286.

MILITARY FAMILIES

As a participating Blue Star Theatre, City Theatre is happy to offer 25% off to military personnel and their families. More info >

MEDIA SPONSORS

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