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It’s 1905, the era of Jim Crow, and African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson is one fight from making history against the reigning white heavyweight champion of the world. But before The Sport can step into the limelight and duke it out for the title he’s dreamed of, he’ll have to face the personal costs of this battle. In playwright Marco Ramirez‘s visceral, rhythmic world, it’s never just about boxing.

Inspired by the life of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion, “The Royale” is “a stylized, blazingly theatrical triumph that keeps audience members on the edge of their seats” (Miami Herald).