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Re: Black Rosalind
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0831  Wednesday, 11 April 2001

From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Apr 2001 12:41:50 -0700
Subject: 12.0815 Re: Black Rosalind
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0815 Re: Black Rosalind

>Alison Sealy-Smith played Rosaline in the 1992 Stratford, Ont.
>Production of LLL. She also played Hippolyta in the company's punk
>version of the DREAM in the following season. The casting seemed quite
>appropriate for both plays, and I don't recollect any reviews that found
>problems with it
>
>Peter Hyland

I believe the original post that began this thread had to do with the
author's vision of Rosaline's race, not what color the actress may be
who plays the role. Certainly actors of all colors have played many
(all?) of Shakespeare's roles without disturbing audiences or critics.
That the author intended us to regard her as of African descent is
another question and one that has been rather thoroughly gone over
recently with regard to his vision of Cleopatra, so that it seems
redundant to discuss it further.

Stephanie Hughes

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