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African American Shakespearean Companies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0038  Saturday, 8 January 2000.

From:           Peter Webster <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 Jan 2000 19:00:11 EST
Subject:        African American Shakespearean Companies

Has anyone information, research sources or books to suggest on the
subject of African American Shakespearean Companies in the 19th or early
20th Centuries?

I know there were touring companies that performed the works of WS, and
I believe that there was an African American production of Macbeth in
New York City at roughly the same time the famous Anglo "Dueling
Macbeths" were causing riots.

I believe the city authorities shut down the popular African American
offering because of racial controversy, and that performances were then
held in unannounced venues, advertised only by word of mouth.

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Thank you in advance for your help and inspiration!

Peter Webster
Artistic Director, Mappamundi
 

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