Red Velvet, 8pm

Fri, Feb 16, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater
7 S. Calvert Street (at Redwood Street)
Baltimore, MD 21202

By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. London, 1833.  A legendary actor falls ill while playing Othello. To save the show, the producer hands the role to Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor pursuing a career that is closed to him back home. How will the cast, public, and London critics react? How will history record the revolution taking place in the theatre?  In this new, critically acclaimed biographical play, the Shakespearean actor from New York is remembered for his achievements on the bittersweet road to international superstardom 150 years ago. 

Red Velvet takes you backstage to witness the drama as Aldridge prepares for his history-making performance of Othello in London. Based on the life of the theatre trailblazer, 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).

“Red Velvet” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

PHOTO: Christian R. Gibbs as Ira Aldridge.  Photo by Shealyn Jae.

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