DONALD E. LACY, JR.*
CALVIN M. THOMPSON*
DARRYL V. JONES
BAY AREA PREMIERE
By Marco Ramirez | Directed By
& Co-Choreographed By Darryl V. Jones
From Marco Ramirez, the award-winning writer of the hit TV series Orange Is the New Black and Sons of Anarchy, comes a tightly constructed, viscerally theatrical tale that has seen acclaimed productions in New York, London, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It’s 1905, and Jay “The Sport” Jackson is ready to take on both the current heavyweight champion and the entrenched discrimination of the Jim Crow era -- but is America ready for him? The Royale is inspired by the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion. With rhythmic and ingenious staging, Ramirez’s contenders never physically engage in the ring; instead it’s “The Sport’s” internal struggle that delivers a sharp and surprising impact.
"A gripping, vivid coup de theatre" ~Variety
RUN TIME: 90 MINUTES, NO INTERMISSION
Aurora delivers a knockout!SF Chronicle
SATCHEL ANDRÉ (Fish) is ecstatic to be making his debut at Aurora Theatre Company. He is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he works as an actor. Satchel would like to thank each and every one of you for coming to see this production of The Royale. Other Theatre Credits: PCPA Theatre:12th Night, Fences, American Stage: Jitney; Joe Turner's Come and Gone. SkyLight Theatre: Pray to Ball; Coureage Theatre: Detroit ’67 Television: Real Husbands of Hollywood, Deadly Wives, Dating Pool Training: BA, Penn State; MFA, University of Southern California.
TIM KNIFFIN (Max) returns to Aurora where he performed in Trouble In Mind (BATCC Award Best Actor), The Arsonists, Anatol, Permanent Collection, and The Best Man. Recent credits include Charles in Red Velvet at San Francisco Playhouse, Oberon in Midsummer Nights Dream at Shakespeare Napa Valley, Roy in The Odd Couple at Cinnabar Theater, Husband/Harrison in Stage Kiss at 6th Street Playhouse, Doc Gibbs in Our Town at Shotgun Players, and Petruccio in Taming of the Shrew at San Francisco Shakespeare. Film and TV credits include a starring role in Burn Country (Ian Olds, Orion, Samuel Goldwyn), Trauma (NBC/Universal), and Chance (Hulu). Tim has performed throughout the United States, as well as Wroclaw, Poland, and is a proud native of San Francisco.
DONALD E. LACY, JR. (Wynton) is a writer, director, actor, comedian, and radio talk show host. October 2017 he received the Legacy Award from TBA T.V./Film credits include: Cherry (2012), Other Barrio (2014), NBC’S Trauma (2010), Blood In, Blood Out. Stage: Gabriel, in Cal Shakes Fences, 25 cities with Miles Davis Experience (2011), Gem of the Ocean as Solly 2 Kings, Piano Lesson, Peoples Temple, Nobody Move, Alleluia the Road, and Hairy Ape, Good Person of Szechwan at Berkeley Repertory. The Shelter, directed by Valery Belyakovich of the Moscow Art Theater. Naomi Izukas adaptation of Hamlet as C, Hotel Angulo, Soul of A Whore by Denis Johnson, and Fists Of Roses.
CALVIN M. THOMPSON (Jay "The Sport" Jackson) A native of Aiken, South Carolina, he is an alum of the University of South Carolina-Aiken and AMDA. He recently appeared as Herald Loomis in American Stage's production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Macbeth in Studio 620s Voodoo Macbeth, and will recently appeared in the award winning short film, Ophelia. He is grateful to God for all abundant blessings, and thanks to family and friends for love and support. Off-Broadway credits include Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre), At Buffalo (NYMF), and Welcome to Shoofly (Snapple Theatre). NY Theatre credits include A Soldier’s Play, Two Roberts, Every 48 Hours Plays, Spilt Second. Regional credits include Seven Guitars, A Lesson Before Dying. Film & TV credits include Ying-Yang, City of Dreams, Law & Order. Follow Mr. Thompson's on Instagram and Twitter via Mr.CallyCal to stay updated with news.
ATIM UDOFFIA (Nina) spent over a decade performing in theatre and short films in Los Angeles before relocating to Northern California. Recent theatre credits include Zenith (SF Playhouse), The Tempest (STC), To Kill a Mockingbird (STC), Disgraced (Capital Stage), Clybourne Park (Capital Stage), and the role of Harriet Tubman in The Conductor at B Street Theatre. She is also the Founder/Producer of Now Hear This: A Story + Music Series, a storytelling event in Sacramento. Atim trained with Judith Weston in L.A., Janis Stevens in Sacramento, and she completed the acting program at the London and International School of Acting. She is a graduate of Stanford University.
"...a highly stylized theatrical affair..."
Read a welcome note from Aurora's Artistic Director, Tom Ross
Fight of the Century
Josh Costello, Aurora's Artistic Associate, sets the scene for Jack Johnson's historic championship fight.
IN THE NEWS
“wonderfully vital and theatrical... Jones’ production is intriguingly textured, both in performance and design.”Chad Jones, Theater Dogs
“excellent cast... electrifying drama”Emily S. Mendel, Berkeleyside
“a triumph... reminds us of the power of live theater to address profound issues”Leo Stutzin, Huffington Post
"another marvelous production from one of the Bay Area's best theatre companies"Patrick Thomas, Talkin' Broadway
“extraordinary... a jab to the heart when you least expect it.”Rhonda Shrader, Dog Mom's Dish
Audio review by Richard WolinskyKPFA 94.1FM
“a triumph of the highest order”David John Chávez, Bay Area Plays
“'The Royale' crowns a winner, and the superb cast leaves us grasping for the truth behind the fight.”Barry David Horwitz, Theatrius
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