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The Royale

by Marco Ramirez
directed by N. Emil Thomas

​In the world of heavyweight boxing, Jay “The Sport" Jackson aims to be its undisputed champion. However, the racial segregation and relations of 1905 knocks him out of almost every chance. When “the fight of the century" is pitched by a shifty boxing promoter, Jay has the chance to make history against the reigning white heavyweight champion.​

October 20, 2023 - October 29, 2023
Previews : Wednesday, October 18
In the Healy Theatre

The ca​st features Jarrin Comer (JC) (Fish), Eva Jerkins (Nina), Joshuah Mayo (Wynton), Tyshaun Meekie (Jay), and Cole Steeves (Max).

The creative team​ includes lighting design by Joseph Nelson, scenic design by Sofia Fillon, sound design by Morgan Dudaryk, costume design by Oliver Voirin, wig and makeup design by Molly McQuary, dramaturgy by Laura Rodriguez Sierra and Emily Townley, stage management by Dixon Kaufman, and technical direction by Ollie Gillespie.

Special Events:

​Sunday, October 22 - Post-show discussion with special guest Dan Perkins. 

Dan Perkins​ is a Chicago-based independent business consultant and cultural historian who has devoted over thirty years to advocating for African-American businesses, communities, and organizations.  From 1998 through 2004, he was part of the consulting team that assisted Major League Baseball with developing the most comprehensive supplier diversity program in professional sports. The engagement resulted in tens of millions of dollars awarded for the first time to minority- and women-owned businesses. In addition, the engagement underscored for Dan the intersectionality of sports, culture, and economics. After visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, Dan began a personal quest to preserve the histories of African Americans in boxing. He started with Joe Louis in 2008 and eventually amassed a private collection of boxing-related materials that now spans from the early nineteenth century through 1955.  In recent years, Dan has focused on the evolution and intersections of fights in rings, fights among nations, and fights for equality and justice from 1890 through 1929. Dan shares his passion for history, boxing, and struggles for equality with audiences through lectures and private exhibitions. He is recognized throughout the Chicagoland area for his collection and expertise. Dan is presently a technical consultant on a future opera based on the fights and friendship shared by two world heavyweight champions, Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. 

Thursday, October 26 - Post-show discussion ​