It's like being at a crossroads - a point of absolute, unequivocal change. It makes the blood rush. Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
O.W.I. (Bureau of Theatre) presents Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet. “Red Velvet affords us a glimpse of trailblazing American actor, Ira Aldridge, and his indelible legacy as the first black man to play Othello on the London stage. It is, and frankly always has been, a tumultuous time for the young black man. Ira’s story is gripping; it resonates deeply with this moment, and asks us- all of us- to be brave.” -Bryn Boice, Director.
May 30-June 16
Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 7:30pm
Fridays @ 8:00pm
Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays @ 2:00pm
Featuring Matt Arnold, Siobhan Carroll, Ben Church, Thomas Grenon Grenon, Seth Hill, Desiré Graham, Charlotte Kinder, Spencer Parli Tew. Set Design by James J. Fenton, Lights by Alexander Fetchko, Costumes by Becca Jewett, Sound Design by Angelica Alvarez, Violence Design by Jessica Scout Malone, Properties Design by Linda McConchie, SM Adelaide Majeski, ASM Zoe Garrick.
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