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.
A co-production with 1st Stage in Tyson’s Corner
“The Royale boldly takes on and reorients a familiar genre and a familiar tale… which has been given such original and graceful theatrical form.”THE NEW YORK TIMES
Behind-the-Scenes: Becoming the Champion
Saturday, September 28 at 5:00 pm
$10/Free for Olney Theatre Center members
Thom Loverro, The 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.