“Ira Aldridge – the African Roscius” Presented by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival


L-R: William
L-R: William “Bill” Largess, Director; Avery Brooks, Actor; Jewell Robinson, Producer/Actress; Shirley Barber James and Jacqueline Lawton, Playwright

On Saturday February 18 at 7 p.m. at AASU The Black Heritage Festival presented “Ira Aldridge – The African Roscius” As part of its ongoing Cultures in Motion series, the National Portrait Gallery, in collaboration with the National Museum for African American History and Culture developed and produced a tribute to the life of celebrated nineteenth-century Shakespearean actor, Ira Aldridge, played by celebrated twenty-first-century Shakespearean actor Avery Brooks, with NPG’s producer/ actor Jewell Robinson as Aldridge’s daughter Amanda. Commissioned by the NPG Marc Pachter Fund, and written by Jacqueline Lawton, the play examines the life of an African American who was forced to emigrate to Europe in the early 1800s in order to practice his craft and who, despite the odds, transcended as an artist to the heights of his chosen profession.


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