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Next on Stage: Red Velvet
September 7 - 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? Peter DeLaurier will direct this Philadelphia premiere of British playwright Lolita Chakrabarti's stirring debut play. The cast includes Tony Award® nominee Forrest McClendon as Ira Aldridge, with David Bardeen, Damon Bonetti, Liz Filios, Adam Hammet, David Pica, Ebony Pullum, and Lauren Sowa. more info
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.
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Current Press Releases
September 19, 2017
Lantern Theater Company Announces In Conversation: The Mirror to Nature with Drama Scholar Michael W. Brooks and Lantern Artistic Director Charles McMahon on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.; In Conversation Program Presented in Conjunction with the Lantern's Philadelphia Premiere Production of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, Onstage Now Through October 8 PDF
September 5, 2017
Lantern Theater Company Announces 2017/18 Season Casting PDF
August 9, 2017
Lantern Theater Company Presents the Philadelphia Premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, Sept. 7 - Oct. 8, 2017; Tony Award® Nominee Forrest McClendon Returns to the Lantern Stage as Famed 19th Century Shakespearean Actor Ira Aldridge PDF
February 15, 2017
Lantern Theater Company Announces 2017/18 Season; 24th Season Features Eclectic Mix of Classics and New Work, Including a World Premiere by Philadelphia Playwright Bruce Graham, Two Philadelphia Premieres, a Science Classic, and the Lantern's Annual Shakespeare Production PDF
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.