Bay Area Theater

Interview: Darryl V. Jones about “The Royale” at Aurora Theatre

Darryl V. Jones, in conversation with KPFA associate theater critic C.S. Soong.

Darryl V. Jones directs Marco Ramirez’s play “The Royale,” now at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley through December 10. The play is loosely based on the life and times of Jack Johnson, who in 1908 became the first African American heavyweight boxing champion. In “The Royale,” Jay Jackson pursues his dream of becoming the champ in the face of social and institutional racism and a family member’s intervention. Darryl V. Jones is Chair of the Theatre Program at Cal State East Bay.

The Aurora Theatre is located at 2081 Addison Street in Berkeley.

Aurora Theatre Company’s website

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