Boxing-Themed THE ROYALE Plays Theatrical Outfit Oct. 10 – Nov. 4

Pulsating Personal Triumph

“You were ready to take over the world the day you were born. I just don’t think the rest of us are.” – Nina in The Royale


Theatrical Outfit continues its 2018-2019 Season of Beauty with the Atlanta premiere of The Royale, playwright Marco Ramirez’s stylized, blazingly theatrical look at the high stakes, segregated world of boxing at the turn of the twentieth century, loosely based on the true story of the first black world heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson. Directed by frequent Theatrical Outfit collaborator Patdro Harris (Travelin’ Black, Fly, and Simply Simone), The Royale runs October 10 – November 4 downtown at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s.


by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Patdro Harris
October 10-November 4, 2018

1905-1910. America. Various cities. Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the first black heavyweight champion of the world, but in the segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked promoter hatches a plan for the fight of the century, Jackson finds himself facing the reigning white defender. By unmasking the early 20th century boxing circuit, playwright Ramirez examines a long-held fascination with athletic heroes and the responsibilities thrust upon them outside of the ropes. Loosely based on real events, The Royale brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a place in history.

Cynthia D. Barker* – Nina
Marlon Burnley – Fish
Rob Cleveland* – Wynton
Brian Kurlander* – Max
Garrett Turner* – Jay Jackson
Anthony Goolsby – Jay/Fish understudy

Patdro Harris – Director
S. Renee Clark – Music Director
Paul Thomason – Scenic Designers
Mary Parker – Lighting Designer
Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay – Costume Designers
Jeff Millsaps – Sound Designer
Maclare “MC” Park – Properties Designer
Yahya McClain – Boxing Coach
Willie Perkins – Assistant Boxing Trainer
Barbara Gantt O’Haley* – Production Stage Manager
Bonnie Smith – Assistant Stage Manager
Clifton Guterman – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Previews: October 10, 11 and 12, 2018 at 7:30PM
Opening night: October 13, 2018 at 7:30PM
Regular performances: October 14 – November 4, 2018
Industry/Pay What You Can performance: October 29, 2018 at 7:30pm
Added weekday matinee: October 18, 2018 at 11:00am
Added Sunday evening: October 28, 2018 at 7:30pm

Theatrical Outfit’s regular performances of The Royale are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $18-$51 and may be purchased online at or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email boxoffice@theatricaloutfit.orgTicket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.

Consider taking MARTA to Theatrical Outfit! The Peachtree Center station is only two blocks north on Peachtree Street – easily walkable.

PAGE TO STAGE TALKBACKS, sponsored by Macy’s
Fridays, October 19 and 26, post-show

Representatives from the cast, creative team, and staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional support from: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB Radio, Georgia Council for the Arts, Turner Broadcasting, Publix Super Markets Charities, Macy’s, Kilpatrick Townsend, The Shubert Foundation, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

ABOUT OUR VENUEThe Royale plays at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

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