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Re: Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 604.  Wednesday, 29 Sept. 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Stephen Orgel <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Sep 1993 16:57:36 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
(2)     From:   James Schaefer <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Sep 1993 22:31:49 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
 
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From:           Stephen Orgel <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Sep 1993 16:57:36 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
It's my recollection that in Trevor Nunn's Winter's Tale at Stratford in
1969, the RSC cast a black Jamaican youth as Time. Since he had a lovely
lilt but an incomprehensible accent, the point was clearly not textual.
 
Stephen Orgel
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Sep 1993 22:31:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
re: Sean Lawrence's thought about two mothers:  That's what I
automatically assumed when I saw the film.  Thus, color and race where
not irrelevant, just a fact for which I made a reasonable assumption
that nothing else in the film either contradicted or supported--which,
in the land of drama, would seem to be about as neutral as you can
get, and therefore a successful example of "color-blind" casting.
 
Jim Schaefer
Georgetown University

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