Bright Swords

Author: Rick Creese

Bright Swords

Description: A one-man show that tells the true story of Ira Aldridge, the African-American actor who in 1825 fled racial hatred in New York, became a star of the European stage, inspired the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, and came to represent the causes of oppressed people across Europe.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 1/22/2016
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 95 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male

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Keywords: Art and Artists · Biographies · Civil Rights · Drama · Historical · Racial Identity/Relationships · Shakespeare · Solo Play · The Theatre

This play is in the following collections: United Solo 2015

Original Production Information

Bright Swords premiered at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, at the Dorie Theatre at the Complex.

Performed by Ryan Vincent Anderson (Member of Actors' Equity Association)

Written by Rick Creese (Member of the Dramatists' Guild)

Directed by Jeffrey Wienckowski