The Royale

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Apr 6 – Apr 23, 2017

Written by Marco Ramirez

Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo








What kind of pressure does it put on a man when you ask him to be brutal, cunning and selfish one minute and quiet, thoughtful and subservient the next?  For the first African American Heavy Weight Champion, that question took a back seat to the even more important one:  what kind of pressure does he put on himself.  This electrifying new play will knock you for a loop!

“This country’s been waiting for this fight, whether they like it or not!” – from The Royale

Read the N&O article about the North Carolina connection to Heavy Weight Champion Jack Johnson.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

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Cast & Crew

Preston Campbell
Alex DeVirgilis
Danielle Long*
Mba Sheldon
Philip Bernard Smith

*Indicates membership in Actors' Equity Association.

Properties - Elizabeth Newton
Lighting - Chris Popowich
Scenery - Trevor Carrier
Costumes - Cassidy Nolde
Sound - Areon Mobasher
PSM - Alex Procknow
Assistant Director - Renee Eisenhour, Michelle Wood
Technical Director - Barry Jaked
ME - Mia Carson
Dialects - Rebecca Bossen
ASM - Chris Acevedo, Naomi Barbee, Yvette Beal, Jeffrey Kare, 
Dramaturg - Eric Kildow


"Burning Coal's The Royale striking, beautifully choreographed" - News & Observer

**** "Magical ... a hard-hitting show" - Indyweek