Back Stage to Center Stage: The Groundbreaking Ira Aldridge

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Heard On University Of The Air
Portrait in oil painting by Léon Herbo (1850-1907)

.Why have most of us never heard of Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) , America’s first internationally acclaimed African American actor? UW Theatre professor Baron Kelly links his own journey as a Black actor to that of the remarkable Ira Aldridge. NOTE–Next week Baron Kelly will return to University of the Air for a special broadcast of Richard Hellesen’s play Necessary Sacrifices, inspired by Frederick Douglass’ conversations with Abraham Lincoln. The broadcast will begin slightly earlier than usual, at 4 pm sharp.

Episode Credits

  • Emily Auerbach Host
  • Emily Auerbach Producer
  • Tom Blain Technical Director
  • Russ Castronovo Guest
  • Baron Kelly Guest

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