Weekend Showcase: “The Royale” at Yellow Tree Theatre
Yellow Tree Theatre is taking on the hard hitting issue of racial segregation in the boxing world with its latest production of “The Royale,” a powerful play set in 1905.
The show is inspired by the life of Jack Johnson, an African American boxer in the early 1900s.
Much of the show’s action onstage takes place in the ring as director Austene Van of Brooklyn Center does a skillful job orchestrating this gripping saga of a talented, fiery, and flamboyant man rising to the top of his sport.
“The underlying story is the desire to just be and to not only champion for humanity, and your culture, and human rights, but also to be an advocate of self,” said Van.
In “The Royale,” Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the heavyweight champion of the world, but it’s 1905 and the sport of boxing is still racially segregated. The story is told in six rounds and David Murry delivers a performance that will leave you stunned.
“The Royale” is onstage in Osseo through March 4th. For tickets and times go to Yellow Tree Theatre