Red Velvet recounts the life of the African-American actor Ira Aldridge, who is credited with breaking European theatre’s color line when he began performing in England in 1826. He later used his celebrity status as a platform to call for the abolition of slavery. Ms. Dunlap has extensive professional credits including productions of Fences; Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years; A Raisin in the Sun; and From the Mississippi Delta. She is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theater Arts at Morgan State University, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Immediately after the reading, we will follow Jo Briggs, Associate Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art, into the galleries to see a rare portrait of Ira Aldridge owned by The Walters Art Museum. This promises to be a moving afternoon of performance and art.
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