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The National Portrait Gallery presents a Cultures in Motion Program
Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius
Featuring Avery Brooks and Jewell Robinson
Directed by Michael Kramer
Produced by Jewell Robinson
Written by Jacqueline E. Lawton
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended as the general admission seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.
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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, presents a tribute to the life of Ira Aldridge, a celebrated nineteenth-century Shakespearean actor. Aldridge is 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 Marc Pachter Fund and written by Jacqueline E. 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, transcends as an artist to the heights of his chosen profession.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Please note that confirmed reservations must be claimed by this time and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Any reservations unclaimed at 6:50 will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to those waiting in line. Seating is general admission. You do not need hard tickets to reserve your spaces. We will have your name and requested ticket count at the door.
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