In the 19th century, London is the center of the theater world, and Edmund Kean, one of its most celebrated Shakespeareans, collapses during an 1833 star turn performance as Othello. The part is offered to another celebrated actor, Ira Aldridge. What could go wrong? Well, for one thing, Aldridge is an American. And for another, he is black. Meanwhile, Londoners are rioting on the streets to protest the newly ratified anti-slavery legislation. Using the past to explore present cultural dynamics, the play examines issues from performance styles and gender roles to the lingering racism that dogged England after the country abolished slavery. A tragic yet triumphant tale, it celebrates the human capacity to constantly evolve towards greater realms of understanding, compassion and expression.
- Pomona College
- Allen Black Box Theatre, Seaver Theatre
- 300 E. Bonita Avenue
$11.00 General Admission
$6.00 Students, Staff, Seniors, Faculty