Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's RED VELVET Premiere to Include Free Public Events

In collaboration with arts and culture institutions throughout Baltimore, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's Maryland premiere of "Red Velvet" by Lolita Chakrabarti includes free public events in the community.

"Red Velvet" at the Walters Art Museum

February 1, 2018 (Thursday) 6:30pm-7:15pm

In the galleries where The Walters displays a magnificent bust of Othello and a painting of the 19th-century actor Ira Aldridge, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company actors will present pop-up performances of scenes from plays including Red Velvet and Othello.

Address: The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 21202. Website: Phone: 410-f547-9000

"Ira's Shakespeare Dream: Original Illustrations by Floyd Cooper"

February 5, 2018 through May 27, 2018. (Central Library hours)

Opening Reception: February 7, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:30pm and 7:15pm talk by Floyd Cooper

The Enoch Pratt Free Library exhibits illustrations from the children's book, Ira's Shakespeare Dream, by Glenda Armand and illustrated by award-winning artist Floyd Cooper, in the Carla D. Hayden Wing of the Central Library. The book tells the story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American trailblazer who was a 19th Century Shakespearean actor. Armand and Cooper are coming to Baltimore to visit schools and will be at the opening reception, Cooper will discuss his art.

Address: 400 N. Cathedral Street, Baltimore 21201. Phone: 410-396-5430. Website:

Ira Aldridge: Trailblazer

February 12, 2018 through February 28, 2018.

James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University (Museum hours)

Who was Ira Aldridge? Drawing on the resources of the Folger Shakespeare Library and a half-dozen galleries and collections around the world, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents an exhibit of playbills and images of the first African-American actor to achieve international renown.

Address: 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21251 at The Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center. Phone: 443-885-3030. Website:

Open House Discussion: "Othello, Ira Aldridge and Frederick Douglass"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 12:30pm-1:30pm

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Join us at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's free monthly lunchtime open house in our downtown theater. We're discussing the play Othello. Did you know it was a favorite of Baltimore's Frederick Douglass, who was a contemporary of the great Othello actor Ira Aldridge? Learn more. Drop in. Bring your lunch. Can't make it? Visit the discussion online at

Address: 7 South Calvert Street, corner of Calvert and Redwood Streets downtown.

Phone: 410-244-8570 Website:

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