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Red Velvet

February 02, 2018 - February 25, 2018

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
7 South Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Phone:
410-244-8570

Overview

A history-making production of Othello in 1833 will shock London audiences and reverberate through history to influence theatre today. Red Velvet, by Lolita Chakrabarti, takes audiences backstage to witness the London debut of the trailblazing African-American actor Ira Aldridge as Shakespeare’s tragic Venetian general. He was the first man of color to play the role at an influential European theatre. Based on a true story, the play captures the emotion of the times and the drama both on stage and off surrounding this revolution in the theatre. Directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap, who is both a professional theatre director and Associate Professor of Theatre at Morgan State University. The cast includes Christian Gibbs as Ira Aldridge (and Othello), Laura Rocklyn as actress Ellen Tree (and Desdemona), and Ron Heneghan as the actor Charles Kean. This award-winning 2012 play has been called “gripping, intelligent, and passionate,” (The Financial Times) and reminds us “there is nothing new about our conversations over casting and race” (The Chicago Tribune). Aldridge was a contemporary of Frederick Douglass, who was himself a fan of Shakespeare's plays, notably, Othello. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents the Maryland premiere of Red Velvet. In collaboration with several arts institutions across Baltimore, including The Walters Art Museum and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, several free special events about Ira Aldridge are scheduled. Please visit ChesapeakeShakespeare.com for details.

Event Details

Event Category General Information Neighborhood

  • Black History
  • Special Events
  • Admission: Tickets: $16 - $50
  • Inner Harbor

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