Richard III

Opened Mar 25, 2011
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In 1821, forty years before Lincoln ended slavery, and fifty years before African Americans earned the right to vote, the first black theatrical group in the country was performing Shakespeare in a Manhattan theater, attracting both black and white audiences. Yet the progressive work of The African Company of New York reached much further than their stage, touching on historical and socio-economic conditions of African Americans and beginning to create a new community in New York and the United States.

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