2022/23 Mainstage Season
By Marco Ramirez
Directed and Choreographed by Zuhairah McGill
November 10 - December 11, 2022
Set in the early 1900s, The Royale takes inspiration from the life of Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight world boxing champion. Ramirez's riveting drama is filled with the rhythms of the ring and of the people fighting for freedom, dignity, and success in a fascinating and important chapter in our national story.
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NEW! Artist Interview: Director Zuhairah McGill
The Royale director talks about the play and the history that inspired it
Reconstruction, Segregation, and Racial Violence at the Turn of the 20th Century
The Royale is set in a time when hard-won progress was being violently undone
Artist Interview: Actor Phillip Brown
The Royale actor on the joys, challenges, and opportunities of this unique and moving production
Meet the Playwright: Marco Ramirez
The award-winning writer who brought Jay Jackson's story to life in The Royale
"We want a good, clean fight": The History of Boxing
The development of the sport at the center of Marco Ramirez's The Royale
Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Champion of the World
The inspiring figure who inspired Marco Ramirez's The Royale
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Phillip Brown as Jay • Morgan Charéce Hall as Nina • Gregory Isaac as Max • Brian Anthony Wilson as Wynton • Kahlil A. Wyatt as Fish
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Will Lowry, Scenic & Lighting Designer • Ali Turns, Costume Designer • Jairous L. Parker, Sound Designer • Simon "One Punch" Carr, Boxing/Movement Consultant • Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Production Dramaturgy Consultant • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Zaria Leonard-White, Assistant Director
THE ROYALE in the NEWS
Talkin' Broadway (11/25/22)
The Royale is an absolute knock-out. Thrilling, tragic, and utterly magnificent, it is a uniquely American story that explores what it means to be the champion against all odds.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/23/22)
The boxer faced an almost unbearable dilemma. If he, a Black man, knocked out the reigning white champion, he would win the title. But at what cost?
Broad Street Review (11/22/22)
Now onstage at the Lantern, The Royale tells the true story of Jack Johnson, who defied Jim Crow laws with his historic boxing career.
Philadelphia Magazine (11/10/22)
Meet Philly's Busiest Actor: Brian Anthony Wilson – From The Wire to Law & Order: SVU to The Royale and other countless stage productions, the Germantown born-and-bred talent has quite the resume
The Philadelphia Tribune (11/8/22)
Actor Phillip Brown takes on a heavyweight role as his next project in The Royale
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Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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