Run time: Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.
$5 NIGHT: September 13, 7:30 pm (Tickets on sale at 4:30 pm)
LOWELL NIGHT: September 20, 7:30 pm (Tickets on sale at 4:30 pm)
ASK THE ARTISTS POST-SHOW DISCUSSION: September 14 and 28
FREE CHILD CARE: September 23, 4:00 pm
EDUCATOR DISCOUNT DAY: September 23, 4:00 pm
MILITARY DISCOUNT DAY: September 23, 4:00 pm
RAMONA LISA ALEXANDER (Nina). MRT: Debut. Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), The Boys from Syracuse, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; The Barbecue and Saturday Night Sunday Morning, The Lyric Stage; Milk Like Sugar, Breathe Boom, Huntington Theatre Company; Days of Atonement, Israeli Stage; Arabian Nights, Harriot Jacobs, Ti-Jean & His Brothers, Moon for the Misbegotten, Central Square Theater; Seven Guitars, The Artist Repertory Theatre; The Brother/Sister Plays, King Hedley II, Portland Playhouse (Drammy Award); Intimate Apparel, W.H.A.T.; To Kill a Mockingbird Montana Rep, National Tour; A Christmas Carol, Berkshire Theatre Festival; Postcards from Earth, Guthrie Theatre; 103 Within the Veil, Company One (IRNE Award); Doubt, Newton Nomadic Theater; In the Continuum, Joe Turner’s …, Up You Might Race Theatre Co (IRNE Award); In the Blood, Zeitgest Stage Company). Film/Television: Knock Around Kids, adekoje-filmwerks. Education: MFA Brandeis University.
THOMAS SILCOTT (Jay Jackson) MRT: Debut. National/International Tours: Bring In Da Noise/Bring In Da Funk (Ovation Award). Regional: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Alliance Theatre; As You Like It, Hamlet, Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Ma Raineys Black Bottom, Mark Taper Forum; Athol Fugard’s Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek and Coming Home, Fountain Theatre (world premiere); Master Harold and the Boys, Colony Theatre Co. (N.A.A.C.P. Award Nominee); Othello, Kingsmen Shakespeare Co.; Coming Home, Berkeley Rep (L.A. Weekly Award, N.A.A.C.P. Award Nominee). Film/Television: Gods and Generals, Anonymous Killers, Last Call Lenny, Chance, Hand of God, Heartbeat, Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, Rosewood, Raising the Bar, Desperate Housewives, Dirt, Girlfriends, Entourage, Standoff, The Others, Get Real.
MRT: Debut. Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Lord Montague), Loves’ Labour’s Lost (Sir Nathaniel), King Lear (Duke of Albany), Boys from Syracuse (Aegean), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Billy Elliot: The Musical (Mr. Wilkinson), Wheelock Family Theatre; Amadeus (Giuseppe Bonno). Education: BS Fitchburg University.
MRT: Debut. Regional: Antony & Cleopatra,Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; Fences, Pioneer Theatre Company; Fences, Triad Stages; Zooman & the Sign, Arena Players; Stopkiss, Wolly Mammoth Theatre; Topdog/Underdog, Studio Theatre; The Piano Lesson, Arena Stage; Three Sisters after Chekhov, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble; New Orleans, Moving Arts. Film/Television: Luke Cage, Netflix; untitled affair project, LMN; Homicide: Life in the Streets, NBC; The Wire, HBO; Justified, FX; Shameless, Showtime; Cold Case, CBS; Saving Father, Red Wall Productions. Education: Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, ESPA/Primary Stags, William Esper Studios/TK Acting Studios.
MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar, All the President’s Men, The Odyssey. Regional: Richard III, The Tempest, Macbeth, Holiday Heart, Is the Truth Always in Black and White, Ain’t it an Itch.
"The Royale" Photos
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The Royale promo video:
THE LOWELL SUN: IRNE Awards - Royale treatment and more for MRT
THEATER MIRROR: "It’s quite possibly the best drama I have seen on any of Greater Boston’s large stages this year."
THE LOWELL SUN: "The play is not just about underdogs and winning the fight. It's about racism in America and how, in 1910, Jay made a breakthrough on the same level as when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947... 'The Royale' is one of the strongest plays the MRT has staged in recent years. Much of that can be attributed to the lean script and inventive choreography."
ARTS FUSE: "Anchored by strong performances and an opportunity to examine a fascinating moment in African-American history, The Royale launches the MRT season with a gloriously theatrical punch to the gut."
ONSTAGE: "I found myself completely blown away by what I had witnessed. And I am sure I wasn’t the only one based on how quickly the audience stood for a robust and lengthy ovation at the close of the performance. This production is a must see this fall and I believe it to be one of the best plays of 2017!"
BROADWAY WORLD: "...a beautifully-written and acted story about a man's quest to get his due and make a difference, about the unforeseen consequences of his actions and the damage he leaves in his wake, and a stunning commentary on the rending of the American social fabric that continues to threaten our peace and tranquility."
BOXING OVER BROADWAY: "Whether or not you are a boxing fan, The Royale is a play that you should not miss."
WCAP 980 AM: LISTEN TO THE CAST INTERVIEW
THE LOWELL SUN PREVIEW: "But even in this very first table-read, the play crackles. Characters bounce their lines off one another in a rhythmic, fluid way, lending sections of the dialogue a jazz-like energy."
NORTH SHORE MAGAZINE: PREViEW
BROADWAY WORLD: PREVIEW
PRESS RELEASE: MERRIMACK REPERTORY THEATRE STAGES NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE OF POWER-PACKED, AWARD-WINNING BOXING DRAMA “THE ROYALE”