by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Lisa Tricomi
Featuring Kim Sullivan (Seen in all 10 of American Stage’s August Wilson Productions)
A TAMPA BAY AREA PREMIERE
“…a stylized, blazingly theatrical triumph…” -Miami Herald
WE THE PEOPLE…WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTFUL PLACE
From an award-winning writer on the hit TV series Orange Is the New Black comes one of America’s hottest new plays. Jay “The Sport” Jackson wants nothing more than to prove he’s the best boxer in the world. However in the Jim Crow era, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. But is the country ready for this face off? Through the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, THE ROYALE packs a punch that will leave you breathless.
Aygemang Clay* (JAY) is making his American Stage debut in this production. Aygemang is a recipient of Best Actor in a play at the 41st annual Carbonell Awards and recipient of a Silver Palm Award for outstanding new talent. His recent television credits include HBO’s first season of Ballers, Rosewood, Burn Notice, and Bloodline. Aygemang has been an Ongoing member of The Actors Workshop of South Florida under the direction of Jane Kelly. Aygemang is a proud graduate of the University of Florida. For more info please visit aygemang.com
Rich Lowe (FISH) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY; is a newcomer to American Stage. With a background previously based in music as a singer/dancer, this is Rich’s professional theater debut. Rich is set to appear as lead actor in the independent movie-musical feature film The Many Colors (to be directed by Award winning Nigerian director Obi Emelonye). Rich co wrote the film, which is loosely based on his own life. Rich will star in upcoming festival short film, The Least of All, which he also co wrote.
Rokia Shearin (NINA) is honored to be working with American Stage, Lisa Tricomi and the talented cast of THE ROYALE. Rokia is a graduate from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (Aggie Pride!) where she received her B.F.A. in Theatre. Favorite credits include her Irene Ryan nominated role in PLAZA SUITE (Muriel Tate), FLYIN’ WEST (Fannie), A LESSON IN BLOOD (Clara), CHOKEHOLD (Dominique) and EXIT STRATEGY (Sadie). Much love & appreciation to Mom & Dad, family and friends. Thank you Amber. Thank you Anika. For my Ancestors. RokiaShearin.com IG: @LikeImDoinItForTV
Kim Sullivan* (WYNTON) is extremely happy to return to American Stage for the eleventh time. Having completed the entire August Wilson Century Cycle, it’s thrilling to open a whole new decade in the very first play of the 2017-18 season. Fans will recall his performances at American Stage in JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE (Seth), JITNEY (Turnbo), RADIO GOLF (Roosevelt Hicks), TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Memphis), THE PIANO LESSON (Winning Boy) (Best of the Bay Award winner), SEVEN GUITARS (Canewell), MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Toledo), FENCES (Bono), KING HEADLEY (Stool Pigeon), and GEM OF THE OCEAN (Solly Two Kings). Mr. Sullivan also recently received the Audelco Award for Best Supporting Player for The Gallery Players of Brooklyn’s THE PIANO LESSON (Winning Boy). Other regional credits include Milwaukee Rep’s THE CLEAN HOUSE, Missouri Rep’s MAJOR BARBARA, and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and Classic Stage Company in NYC with Peter Callender in THE TEMPEST (Antonio). He also appeared in One Life To Live (Judge Runyon) for two years, and recently starred in Arden Theatre in Philadelphia’s THE FLEA AND THE PROFESSOR (Hans Christian Andersen) by Jordan Harrison.
Richard B. Watson* (MAX) was most recently seen in American Stage’s INFORMED CONSENT (Four), and JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE (Selig), the first national tour of CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE (Sumner), Mozart In The Jungle on Amazon (Peter Tchaikovsky); Orlando, Pennsylvania, Hampton, Georgia, and Milwaukee Shakespeare Companies; Arkansas Rep, Ensemble Studio Theater, Irish Rep, Asolo Rep, Pioneer, Human Race, Merry-Go-Round, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh Public, Coconut Grove, Pirate Playhouse, Sterling Renaissance, Disney World, and Wellfleet Harbor. Shakespeare credits include MACBETH, PERICLES, HENRY V, HENRY VIII, RICHARD III, KING JOHN, HAMLET, KING LEAR, OTHELLO, TEMPEST, TAMING OF THE SHREW, MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, AS YOU LIKE IT, TITUS ANDRONICUS; 1776 (John Adams), MY FAIR LADY (Henry Higgins), A CHORUS LINE (Zach), TREASURE ISLAND: A NEW MUSICAL (Long John Silver), DAMN YANKEES (Applegate), WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (George), THE BEST OF ENEMIES (CP Ellis), SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE WEST END HORROR (Sherlock Holmes), RACE (James Lawson), NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (Squeers/Hawk). Film & TV credits include PS, I Love You; Law & Order: CI; Delocated; and Onion Sports Network. Richard has an MFA from The Academy For Classical Acting.
Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE
30 minutes prior to every performance
Arrive early and enjoy our interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to THE ROYALE ticket holders
Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES
Guest Speakers: Lisa Tricomi (Director), Carolina Esparza (Movement Director), and Aygemang Clay (Jay Jackson)
Date: Sunday, September 24 at 1PM (NEW DATE)
The perfect primer! Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of THE ROYALE with this informative and entertaining presentation about the play, the playwright, and the American Stage artists who bring it all to life. Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia will provide relevant details about the history and central themes of the play, while members of the artistic team will give an insider’s perspective on their process.
Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members
Artist Reception & Young Professionals Night
Date: Friday, September 29
Artist Meet-&-Greet 6PM | Happy Hour at 7PM | Performance at 8PM
On the second Friday, stop by our lobby to celebrate the visual artwork of Herbert Scott Davis. American Stage will host a solo gallery show for four weeks and will also display an original work inspired by the art on stage. Meet & Greet with the artist begins at 6PM.
Solo Show & Artist Reception Sponsored by Creative Loafing
Date: Friday, October 06
Happy Hour at 7PM | Performance at 8PM
Grab friends, bring a date and turn your ordinary Friday evening into a scintillating, one-of-a-kind night out highlighting some really awesome local women.
Spotlight Series: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
Date: RESCHEDULED Wednesday, October 11 at 8:30PM
Great theatre inspires contemplation and challenges our assumptions while inviting us to come together for conversation and a deeper connection. From social and political hot-button issues to ethical dilemmas, American Stage’s Community Conversations dig deeper into the intriguing and sometimes provocative topics explored by our mainstage productions. Join a panel of local experts as they guide us through a lively discussion, and answer questions about the relevancy of the subject matter explored in the play.
Pricing: Free to the general public.
Pride Plus Night
Date: Friday, October 13
Happy Hour at 7PM | Performance at 8PM
Enjoy a night OUT at the theatre, with Happy Hour drink specials, and meet some local LGBT+ trendsetters and change-makers
Spotlight Series: CHATBACK
Thursdays & Sundays, After Select Performances
THE ROYALE Dates: Thursday, September 28 & Sunday, October 1 & 8, 2017
Stick around immediately following select performances to talk with the cast and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, plus respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production. Free for ticket holders to the performance.
“If THE ROYALE is any indication of what American Stage’s 2017/2018 season is going to be like, then audiences are in for a treat as this venue continues to enhance its status as one of the most well-renowned regional theatres in the country.”
-Peter Balaskas, Splash Magazine