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The Royale Podcast is a limited run podcast that chronicles the creation process of the play. Hosted by GFM's Music Editor Ivan Orr, we hope that this inside look into this production will inspire you to support Black Theater and Black Art. The Royale is not about boxing. It is about a fight. This play asks questions most white people never have to encounter in a lifetime because you are born into a society that answers it for you every minute of every day. For those of us in Black bodies, these are questions we live our lives bobbing, weaving and sparring with. What is your worth? What are you willing to sacrifice to prove your worth? When is the sacrifice too much? How do you make that decision and not go insane from the sadness and anger the inevitable consequences produce? How do you demonstrate your humanity when no one believes you are human? As Director, I invited some of the best minds I know, my cast members and the Artistic Director of Live Arts to help me talk about the issues and possibly answer some of the questions. Professor A. D. Carson, Professor Kwame Otu, my lovely cast and Artistic Director Bree Luck all were vital to the telling of this story and my vision. - Leslie Scott-Jones For more information about The Royale please visit http://livearts.org

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