Ira Aldridge

Ira Aldridge was born a free African American in New York in 1807 and went on to become one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his time. Over the next four decades, Aldridge received critical praise and toured widely in Great Britain and Europe, most often playing African or Moorish characters in Shakespearean and other popular dramas of the day.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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