The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0497  Wednesday, 30 October 2013


From:        Scott A. Trudell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Subject:     November 6: Ayanna Thompson


The Marshall Grossman Lecture Series at the University of Maryland, College Park presents:


Ayanna Thompson, George Washington University


“Othello in the 21st Century: To Perform or Not To Perform?”


November 6, 4:30pm


Tawes Hall 2115


Although as Dympna Callaghan has said, “Othello was a white man”—that is, the role was written to be performed by the white renaissance actor Richard Burbage in black make-up—the part has come to represent the pinnacle for the classically trained black actor (e.g., Ira Aldridge, Paul Robeson, Earle Hyman, Roscoe Lee Browne, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, and more recently Chiwetel Ejiofor). Yet starting in the late 20th century, many black actors began refusing to play Othello. This talk analyzes the debates about Othello’s role in the 21st century; it addresses the complex and dynamic relationships between Shakespeare, race, and performance.


Scott A. Trudell

Assistant Professor

Department of English

3243 Tawes Hall

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742


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