Written by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Margo Hall
“One of the best Bay Area productions of the year” – North Bay Bohemian
“A fascinating slice of theatrical history … thoughtful, sincere and commanding.” – Examiner.com
“A smart and involving historical drama … Lumbly, ideally cast as Aldridge, both enlarges the mystery and threatens to blow it apart.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Lumbly gives an amazing performance in Lolita Chakrabarti’s backstage drama” – KQED
London, 1833. No black man has ever starred on a London stage—not even as Othello—until tonight. Ira Aldridge, a young black American, breaks more than the color barrier as he battles the entrenched social and theatrical norms of his day, going on to become a living legend, lauded from the footlights of Stratford to the halls of Saint Petersburg.
San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Red Velvet is made possible by Producers Brittny Bottorff, Betty Hoener, David & Colleen Leof, Buffy & George Miller, and Associate Producers Steven & Karin Chase, Ellen & Bruce Hall, Jeannie Kaufman, and Marcy Taylor Pattinson.
*Member of AEA. Photos by Ken Levin