Lantern Theater Company: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in ARCADIA (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in THE TRAIN DRIVER (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.
2017/18 season
Red Velvet
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Approx. 2hrs 15min (including intermission)

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2017/18 Season

Red Velvet
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Peter DeLaurier
Now - October 8, 2017

London, 1833. There are riots on the streets protesting the Slavery Abolition Act. Inside the Theatre Royal, tragic actor Ira Aldridge is making history. Fresh from dazzling success in the capitals of Europe, he is about to become the first African American actor to play Othello in London, where the play was created. The conflict inside the theater mirrors that on stage and outside: what price will artists pay for their audacity?

Red Velvet poster art: The Captive Slave by John Philip Simpson (1827) with Ira Aldridge, model. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY.

Special Performances & Events

  • Previews: Thursday 9/7 - Tuesday 9/12
  • Opening Night: Wednesday 9/13 at 7PM
  • Artists in Conversation: Post-show discussion with the cast immediately follows 2PM performances on Sunday 9/17, Wednesday 9/20, Sunday 9/24, and Wednesday 9/27.
  • Lantern Pub Night: Join us in the lobby after the performance on Friday 9/22 for lively conversation and a complimentary pub beverage.
In Conversation: The Mirror to Nature
Sunday 10/1 at 4:30PM (immediately following the 2PM performance)

  • Drama scholar Michael W. Brooks returns to the Lantern for a fascinating conversation with Artistic Director Charles McMahon about Red Velvet. The program will focus on how theater-making evolved during the 19th century, with particular focus on the shift from stylized to more naturalistic acting and how casting has come to better reflect audiences. A retired professor of English literature at West Chester University, Mr. Brooks' In Conversation program about G.B. Shaw and our production of Mrs. Warren's Profession was a highlight of the 2016/17 season. His works include John Ruskin and Victorian Architecture and Subway City: Riding the Trains, Reading New York, which traces the development of the subway from its inception, including how it has been represented in art and film, recounting women's experiences of the subway, and examining its connection to the city's racial tensions.
Cast & Production Team

David Bardeen as Terence/Bernard Warde  •  Damon Bonetti as Pierre LaPorte  •  Liz Filios as Halina Wozniak/Betty Lovell/Margaret Aldridge  •  Adam Hammet as Charles Kean  •  Forrest McClendon as Ira Aldridge  •  David Pica as Casimir/Henry Forester  •  Ebony Pullum as Connie  •  Lauren Sowa as Ellen Tree

Meghan Jones, Scenic Designer  •  Janus Stefanowicz, Costume Designer  •  Lily Fossner, Lighting Designer  •  Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer  •  Shannon O'Brien, Props Master  •  Janice Orlandi, Movement Consultant  •  Leonard Kelly, Dialect Coach  •  Christie Kelly, Wig Designer  •  Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager
News & Reviews

Follow the news online: Check out #LTCRedVelvet on Facebook and Twitter.

Forrest McClendon stars in Red Velvet: The Philadelphia Tribune talks with Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon about Ira Aldridge, his favorite roles, and more. more

"A provocative and entertaining drama about race and theater... The success of this fine production rests on the elegant shoulders of Forrest McClendon, whose Aldridge is volatile and passionate, and whose performance is a virtuosic demonstration of acting styles and accents." –Philadelphia Inquirer  more

"Director Peter DeLaurier wrestles with [the play's] issues athletically, staging the powerful standoffs and quiet venomous implications with equal passion. Tony nominee Forrest McClendon leads a distinctly strong cast..." –DC Metro Theater Arts  more

"Forrest McClendon is resplendent as Ira Aldridge. This play not only makes the audience aware of yet another famous African American ignored by history books, but it also shows us some regrettable social injustices of the past. Peter DeLaurier's masterful direction just might be a key to using the arts as a guide to correcting social injustices of the present." –Delco Culture Vultures  more

"Skillfully written... skillfully staged... exceptional." –Beyond My Backyard  more

"Keep your eyes on McClendon... He's not just a good, even great actor – he's a fascinating and continually surprising one. He manages to simultaneously suggest a historical character and a modern one, which underscores Red Velvet's ultimate, crushing point – more than 150 years after Aldridge, our theater is still grappling – often unsuccessfully – with racial politics and casting." –Philadelphia Magazine

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Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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