A history-making production of Othello in 1833 will shock London audiences and reverberate through history to influence theater today. Red Velvet, by Lolita Chakrabarti, takes audiences backstage to witness the London debut of the trailblazing African-American actor Ira Aldridge as Shakespeare's tragic Venetian general. He was the first man of color to play the role at an influential European theater. Based on a true story, the play captures the emotion of the times and the drama both onstage and off surrounding this revolution in the theater. Directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap, the cast includes Christian Gibbs as Ira Aldridge (and Othello), Laura Rocklyn as actress Ellen Tree (and Desdemona), and Ron Heneghan as the actor Charles Kean.