Casting Announcement: The Royale and Escaped Alone

Soulpepper has announced the casts for the Canadian premieres of The Royale by Marco Ramirez and Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill.

The Royale

Told in a boxing ring over six rounds, The Royale shows us the deeply human cost of making history. From playwright Marco Ramirez (Orange is the New Black, Daredevil) comes a story inspired by World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson who, at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the most famous Black man on Earth. The Royale is directed by Guillermo Verdecchia and Dion Johnstone takes on the role of Jay.

“In the era of Colin Kaepernick using his platform as an athlete to take a knee and combat oppression against blacks,” says Dion Johnstone, “the dangers when a black athlete or celebrity rises above the role of mere entertainer to change the status quo seems to be as prevalent now as it was then.”

“Extraordinarily efficient! That this production never deploys real physical blows in recreating life in the ring is by no means to say that it doesn’t pack a punch.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times.

On at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts from October 12 to November 11 2018, for tickets and more information, click here.

Escaped Alone

The apocalypse begins with tea. Directed by Jennifer Tarver and co-produced by Necessary Angel Theatre Company, this production of Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill features an all-female cast and crew. This award-winning play bends through time and space to illuminate four friends sitting in a garden, on the precipice of complete catastrophe. With wicked humour and profound prescience, Churchill shows us a poetic world, closer to devastation than we think. Featuring an ensemble cast of Clare Coulter, Brenda Robins, Kyra Harper and Maria Vacratsis.

Escaped Alone won the 2017 Writers Guild Award for Best Play.

“Like much of Churchill’s work, Escaped Alone eschews easy answers. At 78, she’s inarguably one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights, and this particular work, her newest, is funny, charming, and alarming,” – Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic.

On at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts from October 28 to November 25, 2018, for tickets and more information, click here.

The casts of The Royale and Escaped Alone answer the question:

Why you are excited to be working on the show, and why you are choosing to put your time towards it?

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Bailey is the former editor-in-chief of Intermission. She's a bilingual actor and writer originally from St. Lazare, Quebec. She hoards books, lives north of Bloor, and spends way too much money on bubble tea.