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Archive for Ira Aldridge

RED VELVET at the Glendale Playhouse

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In 1833, African-American actor Ira Aldridge became the first man of color ever to play Othello on the London stage, replacing the acclaimed English tragedian Edmund Kean after Kean became ill. This was, not-coincidentally, the same year that a momentous bill abolishing slavery was being debated in British Parliament; it would go into force the following year. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

In its West Coast premiere at Atwater Playhouse, “Red Velvet,” Lolita Chakrabarti’s 2012 study of legendary actor Ira Aldridge, conveys the power of the stage and its lingering impact. Read more…

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