2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1414  Wednesday, 9 July 2003

From:           Douglas Chapman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 08 Jul 2003 19:13:39 -0500
Subject: 14.1377 Re: Othello on Bloom
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1377 Re: Othello on Bloom

>When Philip Voss (white) as Prospero had as his daughter Nikki
>Amuka-Bird (black), in RSC 2000, an audience has learnt that the
>question 'does this mean Prospero's wife was black?' is irrelevant
>because race is irrelevant to their relationship as presented within the
>play.

Race is made irrelevant by this. Color-blind opportunity does not mean
color blind.

Wanting something to be irrelevant, for whatever reason, does not make
it so. Just as casting an obviously pregnant woman as Desdemona would
indeed alter things, nez pas?

Douglas Chapman

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