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Re: Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 607.  Thursday, 30 Sept. 1993.
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 1993 09:33:03 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
(2)     From:   Al Cacicedo <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Sep 1993 0:03:30 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 4.0604  Re: Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 1993 09:33:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0596  Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
Simon Rae:
 
You're talking about a different animal, I think.  Ellen's comment
referred to the first time a black actor had been cast as a "white"
character at RSC.  Moreover, the popular impression of Robeson was
utterly unlike that of Denzel Washington; Robeson's leftist leanings
would have made him a suspicious character in that time even if he
were white.
 
Jon Enriquez
The Graduate School
Georgetown University
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Sep 1993 0:03:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0604  Re: Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
Comment:        RE: SHK 4.0604  Re: Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
If we agree that Branagh's casting of racially different half-
brothers is made probable by Don Pedro's having an African and
Don John's a European mother, do we also think it probable that
the heir of an Iberian crown is half African?  That reminds me of
the director I spoke to once, who wanted to make *Much Ado* as
zany as possible because, he said, who ever heard of Spanish
princes ruling Sicily!  I at least think that the colonial status of
Sicily in relation to the Arragonian half-brothers is important.
However, a zany *Much Ado* worked well, as does Branagh's
delicious one (for the most part).  In this case, I prefer to accept
actors as actors, as Gabriel Egan suggested some time ago.
 
Al Cacicedo (
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Albright College
 

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