Sneak Peek at Scenes From The Royale at Lincoln Center
Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson gets a dramatic rendering.
The Royale, a new play by Marco Ramirez, is now in previews at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Telling the fictional story of Jay "The Sport" Johnson, Ramirez's drama is loosely based on the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion. In the play, it's 1905, and as Johnson faces his opponents — and confronts his demons — he exposes the troublesome events in his life that have propelled him into the ring.
Directed by Rachel Chavkin, the cast includes Tony nominee Montego Glover (It Shoulda Been You) and Tony-nominated book writer Clarke Peters (Five Guys Named Moe) as well as McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, and John Lavelle.
Take a look at scenes from the production, opening this Monday, March 7.