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Re: Colorblindness
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1252  Monday, 28 May 2001

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Sunday, 27 May 2001 00:14:53 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1228 Re: Colorblindness

[2]     From:   Charles Weinstein <
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        Date:   Sunday, 27 May 2001 15:20:59 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1200 Re: Colorblindness--A Hypothetical


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Sunday, 27 May 2001 00:14:53 +0100
Subject: 12.1228 Re: Colorblindness
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1228 Re: Colorblindness

Lo these many years ago at Loughborough, we cast a black actor as
Macbeth.  Not through colourblindness but simply because he was the best
actor in that year-group.

For my sins (we were runnning post-performance seminars with the sixth
formers who watched the  play) I roped him in to chat to the kids.

Big mistake. There was I sitting there waiting for the usual "Hey, Dr.
Hamilton ..." remarks, but ...

There were lots of questions, along the lines of "How do you get a part
on _The Bill_?",  but no not one on the lines of  "How do you play an
Afro-Carribean acting _Macbeth_?

I don't think they even NOTICED ...

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Sunday, 27 May 2001 15:20:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 12.1200 Re: Colorblindness--A Hypothetical
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1200 Re: Colorblindness--A Hypothetical

A Shakespearean stage director wants to do a production that maintains
strict fidelity to the images and iconography of the historical period
represented.  Say, for example, that he wants to do Richard II and
closely model its production design on late-Medieval painting and
sculpture.  He decides that he cannot cast minority actors and still
remain true to his vision.  Is he a racist?

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