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"Red Velvet": The First Black Othello
Come see this stunning performance from London with rave reviews on Ira Aldridge's fascinating true story!

Saturday, April 5, 2014
7:45 p.m.

St. Ann's Warehouse

29 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Description: Red Velvet makes its American premiere after a successful run at the Tricycle Theater in London. It is based on the life of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor born in 1807 who left New York City for London in search of better acting opportunities. Little did he know that he would make history, becoming the first black actor to portray Othello on the London stage in 1833. The shock waves that ensued placed Aldridge "center stage" in a compelling drama against the backdrop of the anti-slavery movement and long-standing attitudes about the abilities of black actors. And this is where the story begins.

Red Velvet stars British actor Adrian Lester as Ira Aldrige. Lester is part of a wave of talented black British actors (think Idris Elba, Chewitel Ejiofor) working in American film and stage. Audiences will be familiar with Lester's work in films including Primary Colors and The Day After Tomorrow and his recurring role on the television series Girlfriends and the BBC hit Hustle. Red Velvet has received rave reviews in London. The Observer described the production as having "unwavering magnificence. A towering central performance from Adrian Lester" and the Evening Standard wrote that Red Velvet is "powerfully imagined. A performance of great depth and soul."

St. Ann’s Warehouse is an innovative performance space in DUMBO.

This will be a fantastic night out in Brooklyn!
Hosted by: Sydney Butts (Yale '94, Yale Med '98)
Registration:  Sorry -- registration has been closed for this event!
Questions?: Please email Sydney Butts (Yale '94, Yale Med '98) at with any questions!
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