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"Our Own Voices with Our Own Tongues": Shakespeare in Black and White

Alternative title
Shakespeare in Black and White
Synopsis
Podcast from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Episode 19 in series. The podcast revisits the era when Jim Crow segregation was at its height, from a few years after the end of the Civil War to the 1940s and 1950s. Rebecca Sheir talks about black Americans and Shakespeare in that time with two scholars of the period, Marvin MacAllister and Ayanna Thompson. The discussion ranges from landmark performances— Orson Welles’s Depression-era all-black Macbeth and Paul Robeson’s Othello— to powerful, though less familiar, stories from the Folger’s hometown of Washington, DC. It also draws in later questions about African Americans and Shakespeare, including the role of race in casting choices to this day. Marvin MacAllister is an associate professor of African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. Ayanna Thompson is a professor of English at George Washington University and a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.
Series
Shakespeare Unlimited
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Recording date
2014
Duration
31 mins

Credits

Producer
Richard Paul
Contributor
Ayanna Thompson; Marvin MacAllister; Rebecca Sheir

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Black actors; Casting (roles); Gender-blind casting; black Americans

Notes

Notes
Podcast: http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited-episode-19 (accessed 3/2015).

Production Company

Name

R.L. Paul Productions

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