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Red Velvet

March 25 – April 30, 2017
(Opening Night: March 30)

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Stafford Arima

This stirring drama 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.

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Lolita Chakrabarti
Playwright Lolita Chakrabarti. Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet runs March 25 – April 30, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet runs March 25 – April 30, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet runs March 25 – April 30, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.