A box­ing drama

Toronto Life - - Culture -

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.

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