A man of a certain age and a certain race arrives to audition for the role of a man of a certain age and a certain race. You’d think it was a slam/dunk, so to speak, and yet…
Red Bull Theater presents the Off-Broadway premiere of American Moor, written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb and directed by Kim Weild.
(Photos by Carol Rosegg)
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An indomitable African-American actor auditioning for the role of Othello must respond to the dictates of a younger, white director who presumes to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character. What could possibly go wrong? In American Moor, this fraught audition turns into an exploration of Shakespeare, race, and America (not necessarily in that order). Fueled by humor and passion, the play paints an essential portrait of an American theater unaware of its failures, and of the culture that supports it.