PHOTO CALL: World Premiere of The Royale Opens at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

By Krissie Fullerton
07 May 2013

The world premiere of Marco Ramirez's new play The Royale opened May 5 at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Directed by Daniel Aukin, the cast includes Robert Gossett, Diarra Oni Kilpatrick, David St. Louis, Keith Szarabajka and Desean Terry.

"In The Royale, set in the boxing world of the early 1900s, Jay 'The Sport' Jackson has talent and confidence and wants what he feels is owed to him: a shot at the championship," press notes state. "Even though blacks were not offered bouts with white boxers, Jay wants to be the first African American crowned undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and he is pushing hard to have that dream realized, no matter the consequences."

Here's a look at The Royale

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Robert Gossett, David St. Louis, Keith Szarabajka, Ameenah Kaplan and Desean Terry
Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

The Royale is loosely inspired by the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American sports icon, and who reigned as the world heavyweight champion in the early part of the 20th century.

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