"Seeing Color: Casting African Americans in Shakespeare" Held at TFANA Feb. 9
By Carey Purcell
Theatre for a New Audience presents the panel discussion "Seeing Color: Casting African Americans in Shakespeare" Feb. 9 at 6:30 PM.
Held at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, the event features actress, poet and playwright Nehaissaiu deGannes; actor Jacob Ming-Trent; Shakespeare and "race performance" scholar Ayanna Thompson; award-winning actor John Douglas Thompson; Theatre for a New Audience artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz and the Shakespeare Society artistic director Michael Sexton.
The event is moderated by Shakespeare and performance scholar Katharine Goodland.
"Is it as August Wilson called 'a tool of the Cultural Imperialists,' or is it as Robert Brustein described it, an 'achievement of…true interculturalism?' Further, is colorblind casting in Shakespeare an aspiration or a relic?" press notes ask. "Focusing specifically on the performance history of African Americans in Shakespeare and the experience of black actors and theatre professionals today, we will explore these and other questions in a determined attempt to define and question our perceptions of race."
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