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The Royal in rehearsal

The Royale 

When: April 6-23, 2-7:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $15-$25
www.burningcoal.org

Other playwrights have taken on the "Fight of the Century," the July 4, 1910, boxing match that made Jack Johnson the first black contender for the world heavyweight championship. But The Royale: A Play in Six Rounds, Marco Ramirez's lightly fictionalized historical drama, zooms in on other conflicts, in and out of the ring. Less than fifty years after the Civil War, a black man challenging a white man for the heavyweight crown had far-reaching repercussions across American culture. But Ramirez is equally fascinated by the inner game, which takes place within the minds of the pugilists and makes the boxing ring, in the words of Irish prizefighter Joe Egan, "the loneliest place in the world." Avis Hatcher-Puzzo directs a cast including Preston Campbell, Sheldon Mba, and Danielle Long in this Burning Coal Theatre Company production. —Byron Woods 

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