When: Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Sat., March 11, 4 p.m., Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m., Tue., March 14, 7 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. and Tue., March 21, 7 p.m. Continues through March 25 2017
The scene is the early 1900s. Professional boxer Jay "The Sport" Jackson has a dream: to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Unfortunately, the times are not kind to a black athlete like Jackson, with racial segregation being the norm even in boxing. The Royale, written by Marco Ramirez and presented by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, draws inspiration from the life of Jack Johnson, who became a boxing legend after defeating the undefeated James J. Jeffries in a match that was called "The Fight of the Century." This defeat was seen as a moment of advancement for African-Americans. Step up to the ring and stand by Jackson as he fights for both his title and his humanity. The Royale will be performed Tuesday through Sunday (March 10 to 26) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $43.50 to $67.50.