A boxing drama
THEATRE | The Royale Oct. 12 to Nov. 11, Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Back in the era of racial segregation, boxer Jack Johnson (known as the Galveston Giant) broke through the colour barrier to become the first African-American world heavyweight champion. His battles in and out of the ring inspired U.S. playwright Marco Ramirez’s fleetfooted drama, set to make its Canadian debut at Soulpepper. Stratford Festival veteran Dion Johnstone stars as Jay Jackson, a black competitor preparing to defeat the reigning white champion while confronting the violent fallout his win could unleash.