Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Theatre UNO’s “The Royale” Opens Nov. 9

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Theatre UNO, the production arm of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, continues its 2017-18 performance season with “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez. Performances run from Nov. 9–19 at the Performing Arts Center’s Robert E. Nims Theatre on the UNO campus.

Ryan M. Decker is the play’s director and a UNO graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in performance and directing. According to Decker, the play offers an exploration of the responsibility of personal action and the complexity of its social consequences through the lens of racial tension in professional boxing in the middle of the Jim Crow Era. The play was inspired by the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion. He held the title from 1908-1915.

“The Royale” is this season’s entry to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), which honored Theatre UNO with multiple national accolades for last year’s production of “The Aliens.”

Bringing to life an abstracted world of early-1900s boxing is accomplished by a team of students and faculty from UNO’s theatre program, as well as guest artists. Assistant professor Diane K. Baas serves as lighting designer and technical director. Associate professor Kevin Griffith is the production’s scenic designer, and professor Anthony French handled costume design. The cast includes graduate students Patrick Hunter and Shanda Quintal and undergraduates John Charles II and James Compton V. Sound designer Asher Griffith and cast member Michael Pepp are guest artists.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, November 19. There is no performance on Sunday, Nov. 12. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors and UNO faculty and staff. Tickets may be purchased online at or in-person at the Performing Arts Center box office beginning 30 minutes before show time. For more information, visit

The UNO Department of Film and Theatre is a component of UNO’s School of the Arts. Committed to an interdisciplinary belief that film and theatre arts enrich one another, the department fuses the artistic, technical and analytical dynamics of theatre and film in a collaborative environment, educating the next generation of professional storytellers.