The director of last fall's "must-see" "King Charles III" helms a fascinating glimpse into theater history, called "fiery and funny" by "Time Out New York". In 1833 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his age, collapses on stage while performing the lead in "Othello". He is replaced by a young, black actor, Ira Aldridge -- a first for the role on London's West End. As a bill in Parliament promoting the abolition of slavery sends shock waves through the streets, how will London react to his performance? This multi-award-winning play garnered Lolita Chakrabarti the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising New Playwright. See "Red Velvet" at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.