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Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0766.  Thursday, 17 July 1997.

[1]     From:   Hiroyuki Todokoro <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Jul 1997 22:55:37 +0900
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello

[2]     From:   James P. Lusardi <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Jul 1997 14:30:19 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello

[3]     From:   James Marino <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Jul 1997 14:57:30 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello


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From:           Hiroyuki Todokoro <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Jul 1997 22:55:37 +0900
Subject: 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello

>Does anyone besides me think Patrick Stewart strikingly resembles
>Michael Jordan?

That's what I always think!

Cheers,
Todok.

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From:           James P. Lusardi <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Jul 1997 14:30:19 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello
Comment:        RE: SHK 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello

On the suggestion that Othello may be North African, see not only the
references to Othello's blackness in the text of his own play but also
the exchange between Lorenzo and Lancelot G. in Merchant 3.5.35-41,
where the terms Negro and Moor are used synonymously (notwithstanding
wordplay).

Jim Lusardi, Shakespeare Bulletin

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From:           James Marino <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Jul 1997 14:57:30 -0600
Subject: 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0758  Re: Patrick Stewart as Othello

Audience reaction aside, the race-reversal production may put the
emphasis back on Othello and at least slow the modern actors preference
for Iago which seems to arise not from an interpretation but simply
because there are more white actors than black in Anglo-American
theatre.

What often seems to be overlooked in favor of the attention to Othello's
blackness is his age.  After all, it is the first thing mentioned by
Iago "An OLD,black ram" and surely the tradition of May-January
cuckoldry must play some part in Othello's suspicions. His "for I am
declined/ into the vale of years-yet that's not much-" seems an anxious
turning away from an upsetting  thought. Brabantio list of conditions
that make Othello unsuitable and arouse his fears of witchcraft include
that of age, "inspite of nature, of years..." This raises the question
of just how old Othello is.  Isn't he at least as old as her father?  It
also raises an interesting question as to why Othello is so seldom
played old.  I think it not unlikely that he feels, as one
long-forgotten punster put it, the old Kraft Ebbing.

Regards,
James
 

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