The Royale


The Royal by Marco Ramirez

The stylized and stunning conception of author Marco Ramirez will be realized by director Rachel Chavkin (LCT3’s Preludes), with sets by Nick Vaughan, costumes byDede Ayite, lighting by Austin R. Smith, and sound by Matt Hubbs.

Marco Ramirez


Marco Ramirez has had plays produced at The Kennedy Center, The Juilliard School, The Arsht Center, and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays (where he’s twice received the Heideman Award). TV writing credits include FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” He trained at both NYU and The Juilliard School.

The Royale

THE ROYALE is a most unusual play about a boxer. First of all, it is not really about life in the ring. Second, not a single punch will be thrown, at least not with fists. The play is about the life of the outsider in American culture. Set in 1905, deep in the midst of Jim Crow, it explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one. It is also a play about a brother and sister who protect each other but don’t agree on what that means.

Charismatic African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson (Khris Davis), has a burning desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Jackson’s fight begins long before the match, though; it takes careful negotiations to convince the white reigning titleholder to even recognize him as a worthy opponent and enter the ring. Tony-nominated Montego Glover (Memphis) plays Jackson’s sister Nina: the boxer’s greatest adversary and strongest motivation.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion, THE ROYALE, has seen acclaimed productions in London, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego.



Dates Type Theatre
03/07/2016 – 05/01/2016 Play Mitz E Newhouse Theater


Actor Role
McKinley Belcher III Fish
Khris Davis Jay
Montego Glover Nina
John Lavelle Max
Clarke Peters Wynton


Creative Crew

Lincoln Center Theater – Producer

Marco Ramirez – Playwright

Rachel Chavkin – Director

Nick Vaughan – Set Designer

Dede Ayite – Costume Designer

Austin R Smith – Lighting Designer

Matt Hubbs – Sound Designer

Karyn Meek – Production Stage Manager