Loop On Location: The Gloves Come Off For "The Royale" Opening
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Los Angeles' Kirk Douglas Theatre transforms into a boxing ring in this world premiere play.
What would you risk to be the greatest?
The team behind the electric stage play, “The Royale,” ponders this idea and more, as the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles debuts the world premiere of this tale of sports, race relations, society and the African American experience.
Set in the early 20th century, Jay Jackson (played by fighter-turned-actor David St. Louis) is at the top of his game in the black boxing circuit, but his biggest challenge has yet to come. Jay, a character inspired by real life boxing great Jack Johnson, has his eyes set on challenging the best boxer in the world, but there’s just one problem: That boxer is white. With the help of his trainer, a former nemesis-turned-partner, a boxing promoter and his sister, Jay prepares for a fight that could damage his career, and his entire race.
A rhythmic performance that utilizes synchronized clapping and stomping as part of the dialogue, “The Royale” is as much about equality and the African American family as it is about boxing.
Loop 21 was on hand during the opening of “The Royale,” which runs now through June 2nd. Take a peek at the premiere above, and for more information about “The Royale,” visit the Center Theatre Group here.
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