Red Velvet

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By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap

Based on the life of the theatre trailblazer, Ira Aldridge, the award-winning Red Velvet is making its Baltimore debut after wildly popular productions in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and London. “Gripping, intelligent, and passionate” – The Financial Times (London).

In this critically acclaimed biographical play, the Shakespearean actor from New York is remembered for his achievements on the bittersweet road to international superstardom more than 150 years ago.  Red Velvet takes you backstage to witness the drama as Aldridge prepares for his history-making performance of Othello in London in 1833.  How with the cast and the public react?

MEET THE CAST:  Click here to learn about the play and its characters, who are based on real figures from British theatre of the 1800s.

SPECIAL EVENTS:  Bring a friend! Party with STYLE. Enjoy an exhibit. There’s more fun in store, including Baltimore STYLE’s Red Carpet at Red Velvet premiere party;  First Thursday with pop-up performances at The Walters;  Ira’s Shakespeare Dream, an exhibition featuring the work of the award-winning children’s book illustrator Floyd Cooper  at the Enoch Pratt Free Library; and much, much more.

TELL a TEACHER:   Two school matinees will be scheduled in addition to our main stage productions. For school matinee details, contact Ron Heneghan or Robby Rose by email or call 410.244.8571, Ext. 113.

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BOX OFFICE: 410-244-8570
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Box Office weekday hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am to 3pm
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater, 7 South Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202