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In 1905, Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of becoming the first African American boxer to fight for the heavyweight championship. Despite racking up a string of vicious knockouts, racial segregation and his white manager’s own reservations stand in the way. Inspired by the true story of Jack Johnson, The Royale breaks new ground by taking us inside the fighter’s mind where the disciplined brutality of boxing reveals itself in theatrically-unforgettable bouts. At stake is more than wins or losses, but equality and survival.

Marco Ramirez

Directed/Choreographed by
Paige Hernandez

A co-production with 1st Stage in Tyson’s Corner

2019-20 Season
Part of the 2019-20 Season

The Royale boldly takes on and reorients a familiar genre and a familiar tale… which has been given such original and graceful theatrical form.”

  • Chris Genebach

  • Clayton Pelham, Jr.

  • Michael Anthony Williams

  • Lolita Marie

  • Jaysen Wright

  • Marco Ramirez

  • Paige Hernandez

  • Debra Kim Sivigny

    Scenic and Costume Designer
  • Sarah Tundermann

    Lighting Designer
  • Kelly Colburn

    Projections Designer
  • Kenny Neal

    Sound Designer
  • Cliff Williams III

    Fight Choreographer
  • Jessica Short

    Production Stage Manager

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Behind-the-Scenes: Becoming the Champion

Saturday, September 28 at 5:00 pm
$10/Free for Olney Theatre Center members

Thom LoverroThe Washington Times' lead sports columnist and a member of the DC Boxing Hall of Fame, sits down with William Joppy, the 3-time WBA Middleweight Champion of the World, for a discussion of life in the ring. Prior to the opening night of The Royale get an inside look at the politics of positioning for title bouts as well as the personal sacrifices that go into making a champion.

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The Royale

September 25 - October 27 2019

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