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by Lolita Chakrabarti
directed by Brian Isaac Phillips

March 6–31, 2018

An endlessly fascinating play showcasing the enduring power of the stage to push boundaries.

Theatre Royal, London, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. To the shock of audiences and critics, Ira Aldridge, a young African-American actor, is called in to take over the role. Outside the theatre, the public is rioting in the streets over the abolition of slavery. Inside, another revolution is about to begin.

Content advisory: This production contains mild adult themes and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Approximate running time is 2 hours, 20 minutes with one intermission.


Connie: Burgess Byrd*
Terence/Bernard Warde: Jeremy Dubin*
Ira Aldridge: Ken Early*
Halina Wozniak/Margaret Aldridge: Becca Howell
Charles Kean: Jared Joplin*
Ellen Tree: Kelly Mengelkoch*
Casmir/Henry Forester: Eric Minion
Betty Lovell: Natasia Reinhardt
Pierre Laporte: Brent Vimtrup*

*Cast/production member belongs to Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. This theatre operates under an agreement between Actors' Equity Association, Professional Actors, and Stage Managers in the United States. Understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.


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