I am excited this evening to see the Lantern Theater’s production of Red Velvet, a play about the life of African-American Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge (1807-1867)
and learn more about the pivotal moment in British abolitionist history in which he played the role of Othello in
and his fascinating career as a black actor in Europe
and all that this entailed.
Red Velvet’s run has been extended to October 15, 2017 and over the next week I will share some really interesting information about African-Americans’ long history of participation on the Shakespearean stage and interesting tidbits about the fascinating Ira Aldridge. I leave now with one of my favorite photographs of
’s Howard Players all-Black
Shakespeare cast taken in 1937. (I
am not sure of the play.) Howard
Here is a link for more information about The Lantern Theater’s presentation of Red Velvet, click here: http://www.lanterntheater.org/plays/red-velvet.html Let’s support theatre that tells our stories.