Theater Department Sponsors the African Tragedian March 21-22

March 18, 1997

The African Tragedian, a play which explores the life of renowned 19th-century African-American tragedian Ira Aldridge, will be performed by Dr. Robin Scott Peters at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in Theater 11 in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building at Baylor University. The one-man show is sponsored by the Baylor Department of Theater Arts.

Peters, actor, director and playwright of The African Tragedian, uses historical docudrama to illustrate Aldridge's type of production and incorporates actual reviews from the 19th century that concern Aldridge's activities and race. The production was commissioned by the University of California at Santa Cruz for its celebration of Black History Month. Since its debut three years ago, The African Tragedian has been performed throughout the country.

"All members of the Waco community who are interested in theater, history, sociology, African-American studies or the life of an influential American will enjoy this show," said Jerry Morrison, a graduate student in the theater department.

Admission to the production is free. For more information, contact Morrison at


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