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The Royale 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 11, 3-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 18 2017
Price: $15-$32
PURE Theatre is constantly producing boundary-pushing works and a standout among their fall lineup is Marco Ramirez's The Royale, which centers on a 20th century black prizefighter, Jack Jackson. Equal parts fact and fiction, the play refuses to fall into the underdog cliches that sports dramas so often do, instead using the opportunity to examine the social and racial tensions present at the time the play takes place, in 1912. PURE Theatre's artistic director Sharon Graci says that this show "disrupts" expectations one might have of a play about heavy weight boxing; Graci promises clapping, stomping, drumming, and stylized movement in this show, highlighted by local drummer Quentin Baxter's original score. "At PURE, we value electrifying stories above all else," says Graci. "The richer the narrative, the more satisfying the experience in our theater. The Royale is rich, complex, moving, and exciting, and as is the case with all truly good theater, it's not possible to leave a performance without something to say."
— Sarah Reynolds



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