LCT Off-Broadway Season to Include Marco Ramirez' The Royale Plus Greg Pierce and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Plays | Playbill

News LCT Off-Broadway Season to Include Marco Ramirez' The Royale Plus Greg Pierce and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Plays Lincoln Center Theater has announced the staging of three new plays during its 2015-16 season. Kicking off in February 2016 will be The Royale by Marco Ramirez, who is an award-winning writer for the hit TV series "Orange is the New Black" and "Sons of Anarchy."

Also included in the slate are the LCT3 productions of Her Requiem by Kid Victory co-creator Greg Pierce; and War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who is a Signature Theatre resident playwright and whose works An Octoroon and Gloria recently played to critical acclaim Off-Broadway.

Ramirez's The Royale received its world premiere at Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group in 2013 and has since enjoyed productions in San Diego and the U.K. Inspired by the real-life story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion, it is a tale of talent and triumph, but also racism and injustice. Set in 1905, it follows a fighter's climb to the top in spite of both his demons and opponents.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Helmed by Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 director Rachel Chavkin, performances of The Royale will begin Feb. 11, 2016, with a March 7 opening night at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

In the smaller Claire Tow Theater, Lincoln Center will present two LCT3-commissioned productions in 2016. The first will be Her Requiem, set to be directed by Kate Whoriskey. The play follows a senior student who takes a year off from high school to compose a full-scale requiem. The project soon begins to take over the lives of her entire family. Performances will run Feb. 6-March 20.

Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, Jacobs-Jenkins' War sees the past and present collide in drastic ways. As tensions escalate between two siblings in the wake of their mother's stroke, strangers from their grandfather's past will make a shocking claim that increases the fractures of the present. Performances will begin July 3.

For more information on Lincoln Center productions, visit LCT.

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