Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet, originally seen in London in three separate runs and subsequently at New York's St Ann's Warehouse, will make its West Coast premiere March 26 at Atwater Playhouse in Los Angeles. The production is scheduled to run through April 30.
Paul Outlaw will play the central roles of Ira Aldridge/Othello in the drama about 19th century black American actor who took over from period megastar Edmund Kean when the latter collapsed onstage while playing the title role in Othello in 1833 London—a time when only white actors got starring roles in Shakespeare plays.
Also in the cast: Nicola Bertram, Colin Campbell,Adam Chacon, Amanda Charney, Sean C Dwyer, Kailena Mai, Erin Elizabeth Reed, Dee Dee Stephens and Ben Warner. Benjamin Pohlmeier directs.
Red Velvet won Chakrabarti the most promising playwright award in both the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. She has also worked as an actress for the past 25 years. She is currently writing a new play, a first feature film and developing an original television script.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at (800) 838-3006, or online at Redvelvet.brownpapertickets.com. General Admission is $25 per person. Students, Seniors and Veterans are $20 per person.. To learn more, visit Thejunctiontheatre.org and Atwaterplayhouse.com.