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"Red Velvet" Reading

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September 10, 2016

“Red Velvet” By Lolita Chakrabarti Directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap Presented by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Admission: Free Contact: or 410-244-8570 Join Chesapeake Shakespeare Company at The Walters Art Museum for a free staged reading of the award-winning play, “Red Velvet,” which recounts the life of Ira Aldridge. Aldridge was an African-American actor of the early 1800s, remembered today for breaking British theatre’s color line and excelling in Shakespearean roles, including Othello. “Red Velvet,” by Lolita Chakrabarti, debuted in London in 2012 with her husband, the actor Adrian Lester, in the lead role. Chesapeake Shakespeare’s staged reading featuring local actors will be directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap, whose extensive professional credits include productions of Fences; Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years; A Raisin in the Sun; and From the Mississippi Delta. Ms. Dunlap is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Arts at Morgan State University. Immediately after the reading, we will follow Jo Briggs, Associate Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art, into the galleries to see the museum’s rare portrait of Ira Aldridge. Our “Red Velvet” collaboration is part of “The World of Othello” series opening the 15th Anniversary Season at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company this September. To RSVP to this event, visit our webpage and follow the link "RSVP for Red Velvet!" *Portrait of Ira Aldridge, Courtesy of The Walters Art Museum

Event Details

Event Category
  • Art Museums & Galleries
  • Black History
  • Free
  • History
  • Theater
General Information
  • Free Admission
  • Inner Harbor


The Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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