Introduction: Obi, Aldridge and Abolition
Charles Rzepka, Boston University
a detailed account of the original Obi pantomime performance, its
music, and its critical reception, see Hoskins.
is according to the information contained in a Northampton playbill of
1830. See Marshall and Stock (89). The playbill mistakenly gives Murray
the first initial "J."
information about Ira Aldridge provided in this esssay has been taken
from the scholarly biography written by Herbert Marshall and Mildred Stock.
who wish to obtain a copy of the entire dress rehearsal videotape should
send a check for $10.00 to cover copying, postage, and handling to Professor
Charles Rzepka, English Department, Boston University, 236 Bay State Road,
Boston, MA 02215. The check should be made out to "Charles Rzepka."
performance was previewed in several Boston-area newspapers. See, e.g.,
The Boston Globe (July 6, 2000), p. E2; The Boston Herald
(Friday, July 14, 2000), p. S13; The Bay State Banner (July 13,
2000), pp. 13, 16; and The Boston Phoenix ("Eight Days a Week"
section, July 14, 2000), p. 5. See also the review of the performance
by Barbara Rizza Mellin in the NAACP bi-monthly magazine, The New Crisis
(September/October 2000), pp. 44-46.
Burroughs for a review of this performance.