Robert Christopher Riley and Montego Glover Dream of Glory in Boxing Drama The Royale, Opening Tonight at Old Globe

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Tony nominee Montego Glover and Robert Christopher Riley star in the Old Globe Theatre production of Marco Ramirez's boxing drama The Royale, which officially opens Oct. 9 following previews that began Oct. 4 in San Diego, CA.

Montego Glover and Robert Christopher Riley
Montego Glover and Robert Christopher Riley Photo by Jim Cox

The Royale continues through Nov. 2 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. 

Directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), the cast includes Tony nominee Glover as Nina (Memphis, The Color Purple), John Lavelle as Max (The Graduate), Okieriete Onaodowan as Fish (Rocky, Cyrano de Bergerac), Riley as Jay (Lombardi, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Ray Anthony Thomas as Wynton (Race, Fences).

"Jay 'The Sport' Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world," press notes state. "But it's 1905, and in the segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for 'the fight of the century,' The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. Loosely based on real events, The Royale brings to explosive life the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, and the ultimate fight for a place in history."

"With The Royale, playwright Marco Ramirez has done something genuinely exciting: he has given vivid and imaginative theatrical form to a nearly forgotten but very important American story," artistic director Barry Edelstein said in a previous statement. "With dazzling language and real emotional force, The Royale takes us to a time when sports were the vanguard of social change in America. Through its characters we see our own world in a new way."

The creative team includes Nicholas Vaughan (scenic design), Denitsa Bliznakova (costume design), Austin R. Smith (lighting design), Matt Hubbs (sound design), Caparelliotis Casting (casting) and Annette Yé (stage manager).

Call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org for more information.

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