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Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 19th May '09 9:17 AM


Well, I'm planning to direct Othello at school next fall. Considering ways to manage some colorblind casting (my school is about 60% Hispanic, 30% Black, 5% Native American, 3% white, 2% Asian).

I realize it seems a silly choice in light of that but I think it can work. If you consider the lines about being "black" to be more symbolic of being blackhearted or being a blackguard, and knowing that "Moors" can come in a variety of colors, I figure I can create some other socially ostracizing situation that would allow Othello to believe Desdemona is playing him.

Something like the nerd amongst the popular kids, or an Elizabethan anachronistically in the future involved in an inter-planetary war.

Sorry if you are a Shakespeare purist who hates modernized versions. But I'm interested to know if anyone has any experience or ideas on how this might work. Any thoughts?

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sat, 23rd Apr '11 10:15 PM

Tough one. Are you constrained by the race of your best actors? Might be interesting to completely reverse it and have Othello be the only white character. Dunno how much text would need massaging, but it would certainly be thought-provoking...

Or he could be overweight, one of the last remaining blatant prejudices.

Love to know what you come up with.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sun, 24th Apr '11 4:23 AM

Just looked at dates. So ... what did you do and how did it go?

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