Tucson : 09/07/19 - 09/28/19

Phoenix : 10/03/19 - 10/20/19


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“A stylized, blazingly theatrical triumph that keeps audience members on the edge of their seats.”
– Miami Herald

A power-packed boxing drama. Winner of two Obie Awards, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama Desk Award, and multiple other awards and sold out houses in London, New York and LA. The Royale is not your usual sports play. First of all, it is not really about life in the ring. Second, not a single punch will be thrown, at least not with fists. The play is a deeply theatrical and emotionally moving piece about the life of the outsider in American culture. Set in 1910, deep in the midst of Jim Crow, the story is loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson, the world’s first African-American heavy weight boxing champion. The play explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one. It is also a play about a brother and his sister – his sister, who as he climbs for glory and respect, remains his greatest adversary and strongest motivation.

“Original and graceful. The Royale packs a punch!” – The New York Times

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Accessible Performances:
Tuc: 09/26/19 (2:00 p.m.) – AD / OC; 09/26/19 (7:30 p.m.) – ASL
Phx: 10/13/19 (7:00 p.m.) – OC; 10/19/19 (2:00 p.m.) – ASL/AD


Michael John Garcés^: Director
Dom Ruggiero*: Stage Manager
Misha Kachman: Scenic Designer
Sarita Fellows: Costume Designer
Allen Willner: Lighting Designer
Brian Jerome Peterson: Sound Designer
Judy Bowman, CSA: Casting Director
Michael Gutierrez: Boxing Consultant
Marco Ramirez: Playwright

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
^Denotes members of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Denotes members of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.


Bechir Sylvain*: Jay
Edwin Lee Gibson*: Wynton
Erica Chamblee*: Nina
Roberto Antonio Martin*: Fish
Peter Howard*: Max

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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