The Royale Podcast

THE ROYALE at Live ArtsMay 17-June 8, 2019

It’s 1905, and Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But in the racially segregated Jim Crow era, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a nefarious boxing promoter concocts a plan for “the fight of the century,” “The Sport” might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion.

Loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson (1878–1946), the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion, THE ROYALE packs a punch in exploring one man’s ultimate
fight to beat the odds for a place in history.

The play is a stylized, blazingly theatrical triumph that keeps audience members on the edge of their seats.
Miami Herald

  • Sponsored by The Frazier Foundation and George Worthington & Cameron Mowat
  • By Marco Ramirez
  • Directed by Leslie Scott-Jones


  • David Vaughn Straughn as JAY
  • Derick Williams as WYNTON
  • Aiyana Marcus as NINA
  • Allen Turner II as FISH
  • Gary Lesich as MAX


  • Edwina Herring… Producer
  • Leslie Scott-Jones… Director
  • Scott Dunn… Stage Manager
  • Cincere Cook … Fight Choreographer
  • Ray Nedzel … Scenic Designer
  • Chris Baumer… Lighting Designer
  • AD Carson… Sound Designer
  • Sri Kodakalla … Costume Designer
  • John Conover… Dramaturg
  • Ivan Orr… Artistic Collaborators
  • Tovah Close… Dialect Coach
  • Devyn Wildly… DJ
  • SG … DJ
  • Scott Dunn … Lightboard Operator
  • Lori Pinkey… Soundboard Operator