Around the Hood: Watch Scenes From Red Velvet Playing at The Raven

Here is a first look at scenes from Red Velvet…

“Slavery was still legal in Britain as of April 1833…

Though the emancipation movement had been active for over 60 years, and slavery would be outlawed a few months later in October, black people were still considered separate and unequal from whites.

The idea of a black actor performing at a prestigious theater like London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane was shocking enough, but having a black actor touch a white actress was scandalous.

African-American actor Ira Aldridge had ideas about stage realism that were revolutionary enough without adding to the furor in the streets as abolition of slavery was debated.

Red Velvet, which opened in London to great acclaim in 2010 and has since been warmly received in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, takes us back to 1833 London, thanks to colorful period costumes by Joelle Beranek and detailed sets by Ray Toler.

It’s an historical drama with relevance to today and a backstory with heart and humor, told by a cast familiar to Raven audiences: Brandon Greenhouse and Anna Dauzvardis ofDirect from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys, Tuckie White (The Play About My Dad), Matthew Klingler (All My Sons), Tim Martin (Dividing the Estate), Tyler Rich (Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose), Sophia Menendian (Beast on the Moon) and Raven newcomer Scott Olson.” – The Raven Theatre

You can purchase tickets here.