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Black Baroque Series: Keith Hamilton Cobb and American Moor
In his solo show American Moor, Keith Hamilton Cobb reckons with the impossible task of staging Othello today—a task which African-American stage actors are nonetheless inexorably pressed to perform on a regular basis. Short clips from the Cherry Lane production of the play will accompany this interview with Keith Hamilton Cobb about what many scholars consider to be a new classic.

Apr 28, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Keith Hamilton Cobb
Keith Hamilton Cobb is an actor and a playwright who has been drawn mostly to the stage in his working life, but is also recognized for several unique character portrayals he has created for television. He has appeared in classical and contemporary roles on regional stages country-wide. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in acting. His award-winning play, "American Moor" (published by Methuen Drama), which explores the perspective of the African American male through the metaphor of Shakespeare’s Othello, ran off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre in the fall of 2019. It is the winner of an Elliot Norton Award, an AUDELCO Award, two IRNE Awards, and is part of the permanent collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Keith has written a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Othello" that he hopes to begin to workshop by the fall of 2021. AmericanMoor.com KeithHamiltonCobb.com
Noémie Ndiaye
Assistant Professor of English & Theater and Performance Studies @University of Chicago
Noémie Ndiaye’s work explores the relation between theater and the social, political, and cultural struggles of early modernity. At the core of those struggles and of her interests lay crucial processes of racial, gender, and identity formation, which she studies within a framework that is comparative, transnational, and often transhistorical. Noémie's work is at the intersection of early modern literary studies, critical race studies, theater and performance studies, and comparative literature. Her upcoming book, "Scripts of Blackness: Early Modern Performance Culture and the Making of Race," dissects the stagecraft used in early modern theater to represent and racialize Africans and Afro-descendants across borders in early modern England, France, and Spain. The book is based upon her doctoral dissertation, which won the Shakespeare Association of America’s J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Award in 2018.