Albert Jones. Photo by Jim Cox.
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Stafford Arima
Michael Aurelio, Sean Dugan, Monique Gaffney, Albert Jones, John Lavelle, Allison Mack, Amelia Pedlow, Mark Pinter
Scenic Design: Jason Sherwood
Costume Design: David Israel Reynoso
Lighting Design: Jason Lyons
Sound Design: Jonathan Deans
Stage Manager: Jess Slocum
First Performance March 25, 2017
Opening March 30, 2017
Final Performance April 30, 2017
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‘Red Velvet’ is a stirring drama that transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s.
Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can’t go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role – but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage. His groundbreaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theatre history. Stafford Arima returns to The Old Globe with a stunningly theatrical production of a play that the London Telegraph called “informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking.”
James Hebert – The San Diego Union-Tribune
Lolita Chakrabarti’s richly realized work, now getting a punchy and poignant staging at the Old Globe, turns that slice of history into a saga steeped in backstage intrigue and an obvious affection for the stage life.