“Ira Aldridge”

Now available to stream: “Ira Aldridge” by Allan Wasserman
Now available to stream: “Ira Aldridge” by Allan Wasserman.

Now available to stream: “Ira Aldridge” by Allan Wasserman. The Road Theatre Company has launched a lineup of online programs, including features celebrating Black History Month.

“We don’t want you to miss a moment of theatre, even if you are not with us in-person right now – so we are excited to announce a great line-up of online programming, including specific pieces celebrating Black History Month! It’s all ready or almost ready for you to watch on whatever device, from the comfort of home!”

Watch an amazing true story of Ira Aldridge, a Black American actor from New York City in the 1800s who immigrated to Europe,  broke into the Shakespearian theater community, and achieved worldwide fame. He became the first Black man to perform “Othello” on a London stage. 

“Aldridge is the only actor of African-American descent among the thirty-three actors of the English stage honoured with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.” – via Wikipedia

Early in life, Ira learned how the impact of theater shaped societal norms. He also learned that Black actors were not allowed to play major roles in major theaters. His struggles to overcome lead him to the theater community in Great Britain. There he finds love and perseveres through racism to become the most famous actor of his time.


Written by and Starring: Merrick McCartha

Conceived and Directed by: Allan Wasserman

Director of Photography: Peggy Warny

Music and Sound Design: Cliff Keller

Edited by: Michael Brueggemeyer Produced by: ON BALANCE ENTERTAINMENT and Allan Wasserman in association with The Road Theatre Company