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Iago
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0303  Wednesday, 10 June 2009

[1] From:   Harry Rusche <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 15:04:16 -0400
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0291 Iago

[2] From:   Cary Mazer <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009 15:12:39 -0400
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0291 Iago

[3] From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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     Date:   Wednesday, June 10, 2009
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0291 Iago

[4] From:   Evelyn Gajowski <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 12:16:35 -0700
     Subj:   RE: SHK 20.0291 Iago

[5] From:   David Lindley <
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     Date:   Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 17:00:56 +0100
     Subj:   RE: SHK 20.0291 Iago


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From:       Harry Rusche <
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Date:       Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 15:04:16 -0400
Subject: 20.0291 Iago
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0291 Iago

Patrick Stewart did a production of "Othello" where he played Othello 
and everyone else was played by a black. One critic called it a kind of 
"reverse negative."

Harry Rusche

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From:       Cary Mazer <
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Date:       Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009 15:12:39 -0400
Subject: 20.0291 Iago
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0291 Iago

1985, Folger Shakespeare. There's an essay about it in Ayanna Thompson's 
Colorblind Shakespeare.

Cary

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From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Subject: 20.0291 Iago
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0291 Iago

If my memory does not fail me, I saw both the productions referred to by 
Harry Rusche and Cary Mazer above. If I am not mistaken, Iago was played 
by Andre Braugher to Avery Brooks's Othello with Franchelle Stewart Dorn 
as Emilia. As I recall, Braugher played Iago as being motivated by 
revenge against Othello for falling for a white woman and thus rejecting 
his blackness. The "photo negative" casting in the Othello with Patrick 
Stewart was particularly interesting to me for its providing another 
perspective by which to view the inherent racism of the play. I recall 
vividly Craig Wallace's Duke delivering the line "I think this tale 
would win my daughter, too." with a venom and bitterness that I have 
never heard from a white actor's delivering the line. Before this 
production, I wanted to read the Duke's remark as an example of a white 
man's being relatively free from the racism of the play, but Craig 
Wallace opened my eyes to another, just as valid, reading. Also, of 
interest to me was that Fran Dorn played Emilia in both productions 
completely differently. In the 1985 production, her Emilia was a strong, 
willful woman, who was not to be messed with, reminiscent of her 
Paulina, while her Emilia for the reverse negative Othello was a woman 
who had been so abused by her husband that she would do anything to get 
relief from her husband's incessant violence and abuse toward her, even 
to the point of stealing her mistress's handkerchief.

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From:       Evelyn Gajowski <
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Date:       Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 12:16:35 -0700
Subject: 20.0291 Iago
Comment:    RE: SHK 20.0291 Iago

For Louis Swilley,

At the Washington, DC, production of a few years back starring Patrick 
Stewart as Othello, the rest of the entire cast was black.

All the best,
Evelyn Gajowski
Professor of English
Department of English
University of Nevada

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From:       David Lindley <
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Date:       Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 17:00:56 +0100
Subject: 20.0291 Iago
Comment:    RE: SHK 20.0291 Iago

Didn't Patrick Stewart play a white Othello in a colour-reversed 
production by Jude Kelly?

David Lindley


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