From Our Cohorts: The Royale, August 21, 2019
Day 8, August 21st, 2019
The last two afternoon sessions focused on Scene 5. This scene is set in the locker room just before the big fight between Jay and Bixby. The three main components are:
(i) Fish presenting Jay with a gramophone;
(ii) The meeting between Jay and his sister, Nina in which she expresses her fears of the racial conflict that the fight has and will engender;
(iii) The conversation between Jay and his trainer Wynton, in which Wynton tells Jay about the Royale—the brutal and racially charged boxing contests that Wynton engaged in as a kid and how, whatever happens, Jay will be alone in ring in his fight with Bixby.
Scene 5 has a high level of emotion of different kinds. The Jay/Fish interaction comes across as a warm one of big brother/little brother; the Jay/Nina interaction is highly charged in which Jay is now the little brother to his admonishing big sister; and the Wynton/Jay interaction is of a more sober father/son type.
The scene was broken down into pieces that were each repeated a number of times with the director experimenting with precise positioning of the actors and props on the stage. Clearly, details are very important.
Cohort Club Member, Michael T.