JANUARY 23- FEBRUARY 17, 2019

RED VELVET

By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Bob Rumsby

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, has taken ill and can’t go on tonight as Othello, leaving his company 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. The accomplished Aldo Billingslea, who has performed with American Conservatory Theatre, TheatreWorks, and the California and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals, among others, makes his Jewel Theatre debut as Ira Aldridge.


“Informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking.” – London Telegraph

 

Bob Rumsby

Director

 

Kent Dorsey

Scenic & Lighting Designer

 

B. Modern

Costume Designer

 

Shaun Carroll

Properties Designer/Asst Stage Manager

 

Jessica Carter

Wig Designer

 

Steve Gerlach

Tech Dir./Media Designer

 

Emerson Sanderson

Stage Manager

 

Mark Hoagland

Master Carpenter

 

Susan Myer Silton

Dramaturge

 

 

Jesse
Caldwell
*


as Terence/Bernard Warde

 

 

 

Audrey
Rumsby
*


as Halina

 

 

 

Aldo
Billingslea
*


as Ira Aldridge

 

 

 

Teddy
Spencer
*


as Henry Forrester

 

 

 

Shannon
Warrick


as Betty Lovell

 

 

 

Jennifer
DeLane Bradford


as Connie

 

 

 

Jeremy
Kahn
*


as Charles Kean

 

 

 

Jennifer
Le Blanc
*


as Ellen Tree

 

 

 

Jeffrey (Geoff)
Fiorito


as Pierre Laporte

 

 

 

Cristina
Anselmo
*


as Margaret Aldridge

 

 

 

       


*Member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

 

 

Audience Guide – Click the icon to view. 

 


Ira Aldridge Timeline – Click the icon to view. 

 


CLICK HERE
to read the SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL review.

 


CLICK HERE to read the GOOD TIMES in SANTA CRUZ review.

 


CLICK HERE to read the PERFORMING ARTS MONTEREY BAY review.

 

 


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This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:

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