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The Royale ()

Produced by

Soulpepper Theatre Company

Playwright: Marco Ramirez
Director: Guillermo Verdecchia


The Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


October 12th, 2018 – November 11th, 2018


Told in a boxing ring over six rounds, The Royale is an electrifying adrenaline rush that shows us the deeply human cost of making history. From playwright Marco Ramirez comes a story inspired by World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson – who at the height of the Jim Crow era – became the most famous Black man on Earth. (


Christef Desir Fish
Dion Johnstone Jay
Diego Matamoros Max
Alexander Thomas Wynton
Sabryn Rock Nina

Creative Team

Marco Ramirez Playwright
Guillermo Verdecchia Director
Ken MacKenzie Set Designer
Ken MacKenzie Costume Designer
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Composer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Simon Fon Fight Director
Shannon Lea Doyle Assistant Set Designer
Shannon Lea Doyle Assistant Costume Designer


Arwen MacDonell Stage Manager
Ian Michael Costello Assistant Stage Manager
Robert Harding Production Stage Manager
Diane Pitblado Dialect Coach
Kelly McEvenue Alexander Coach
Joanne Cripps ASL Coach
Chris Desloges ASL Interpreter
Monique LeDrew ASL Interpreter
Anita Small Cross Cultural Consultant
Mattea Kennedy Scenic Artist
Olesya Komarnytska Scenic Artist
Ashton Vetter Lighting Operator
Colton Stang Sound Operator
Emma Zulkoskey Dresser


LJ Savage Director of Production
Andrew Leeke Technical Director
Erika Connor Head of Wardrobe
Sarah Elizabeth Noyes Senior Wardrobe Coordinator
Geoff Hughes Cutter
Barbara Nowakowski First Hand
Jacqueline Robertson-Cull Head of Hair and Makeup
Lisa Nighswander Head of Properties
Greg Chambers Props Builder
Andy DeVries Head Carpenter
Bill Stahl Carpenter
Paul Boddum Head Scenic Artist