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New York *Othello*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 110. Friday, 19 Apr 1991.
 
(1)	Date:	Fri, 19 Apr 91 11:14:41 EDT
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	Subj: 	Re: SHK 2.0107  New York *Othello* (Urkowitz Replies)
 
(2)	Date: 	Fri, 19 Apr 1991 12:27:42 -0400
	From: 	Kay Stockholder <USERKAY@UBCMTSG.BITNET>
	Subj:   [Re: SHK 2.0107  New York *Othello*]
 
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Date:         	Fri, 19 Apr 91 11:14:41 EDT
From: 		Lorin <
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Subject: 2.0107  New York *Othello* (Urkowitz Replies)
Comment:      	Re: SHK 2.0107  New York *Othello* (Urkowitz Replies)
 
Steve, thank you very much for that detailed account.  Now I have a few
questions of my own.  The name of your Desdemona, Ramirez, leads me to believe
that she was hispanic.  If this is the case, then I applaud the non-traditional
casting.
 
I guess my question is, did you cast non-traditionally?  What was the campus/
community reaction, if any, to having an actor of color playing the most
traditionally-cast part of Shakespeare (other than Othello)?  Or is this all
my imagination?
 
 
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Date: 		Fri, 19 Apr 1991 12:27:42 -0400
From: 		Kay Stockholder <USERKAY@UBCMTSG.BITNET>
Subject: 2.0107  New York *Othello*]
Comment:      	[Re: SHK 2.0107  New York *Othello*]
 
For Lorin Wertheimer <ST702266@BROWNVM>
 
        This address doesn't seem to work, and my computer deleted
the list of addresses that I got shortly after I joined SHAKSPER.
So I am sending this to the only, and probably outdated, address I
have, and we will see what happens.
 
    Since I joined the SHAKSPER electronic circuit, I get these
interesting messages across my screen.  Many of them don't seem
to be addressed to me, so that I feel as though I'm eavesdropping.
But I haven't steamed open any envelopes, so I presume it's ok for me
to read what I'm reading.  But once I have read things, I often want
to respond, and now I'm in the strange situation of wanting to
respond to what sounds like a private note sent on a computer
from and to people I don't know on a public facility.  If I am
violating the courtesy of the computer by doing this, please let
me know.
 
	[Ed. Note: Let me assure Kay Stockholder and any others
	who might wish to respond to SHAKSPER postings that *all*
	are intended to initiate or continue public discussions
	among members.  If I somehow err and transmit a private
	note to you all, I'll be the first to let you know.  KS]
 
So with that preamble, here I go.  You ask your friend Steve how he
got 20th century college actors to connect to a 17th century text,
specifically Othello.  But is it so hard?  Othello is an outsider;
being an outsider then had different causes and social parameters
from what it has today, but we couldn't talk about Othello as one
if there were no common ground.  The common ground is psychological,
when that is understood as a generally human internal mode of adapting
to historically specific situations.  But even aside from equations
between Othello as an outsider in his own day, and groups who are
marginal in ours, is there anyone, even the most socially acceptable,
intelligent, white Caucasian male, who doesn't at times feel like an
outsider, and can't connect with that feeling in others if he/she
makes an effort?   Well, perhaps you didn't have this kind of thing
in mind, but I would think difficulties of language, acting and
emotional convention, etc., are considerably minimized once one has
an emotional core in place.  And when even an amateur performance is
informed by such a core, much is forgiven on the part of audiences.
Hope you don't mind these comments.  Of course this is an essentialist
view, but the question comes from such a view.  If it is the case that
people then were totally different from us, then we can't understand
them, may as well not try, and get on with our business.
 
				   Sincerely, Kay Stockholder
 

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