Avery Brooks to Perform at Armstrong

(February 3, 2012) Avery Brooks, a celebrated Shakespearean and television actor of Star Trek fame, will perform the play Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius as part of the 23rd Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Armstrong will host the event on February 18, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Written by Jacqueline Lawton, Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius illuminates the life of the first African American to achieve stardom in the theatre. Ira Aldridge grew up in pre-Civil War America and immigrated to Europe to pursue his passion for acting. There, his renown as a Shakespeare tragedian garnered him great acclaim, personal wealth and the benefaction of kings.

Aldridge will be played by Avery Brooks, an actor most known for his role as Captain Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, who also commands the stage as a modern Shakespearean actor. He has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, played title roles in Othello and King Lear, and in 2007, won the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre. Actress Jewell Robinson will play the part of Aldridge’s daughter Amanda.

The Savannah Black Heritage Festival is presented by the city of Savannah and Savannah State University. For additional information about the festival and a complete schedule, visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com/.