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  1. Play on! (1997 Video)

    Director
    Sheldon Epps; Richard Stucker

    Twelfth Night, with an all African-American cast, is transformed into a romantic fable set in 1940s Harlem using Duke Ellington songs as its score. The play was directed for stage by Sheldon Epps and for...

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  2. Othello (1997 Video)

    Director
    Jude Kelly

    A video recording of Jude Kelly’s 1997 production of Othello for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Patrick Stewart, playing Othello, is the only white actor in an otherwise all Afro-American cast.

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  3. Akogun (1997 Video)

    Director
    Kayode Orisayomi
    Producer
    Rufus Orisayomi

    A video recording of a play by Rufus Orisayomi, Artistic Director of Ritual Theatre Arts. An adaptation of Macbeth, in Pidgin English, set in 15th-century Yorubaland, Nigeria. The production incorporates...

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  4. Umabatha (1997 Video)

    Director
    Welcome Msomi

    A Zulu version of Macbeth incorporating music and dance. ‘Shakespeare’s Macbeth was chosen by Welcome Msomi as perfect source material on which to base a Zulu adaptation, as it seemed ‘almost a carbon...

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  5. Shakespeare in Sable: History of the Black Shakespearean Actor (1996 Video)

    A talk by Professor Errol Hill based on his book of the same title (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1984). The book charts the struggle of Afro-American actors, first as exiles, then in the...

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  6. Titus Andronicus (1995 Video)

    Director
    Gregory Doran

    Video recording made at the Market Theatre Johannesburg of a production of Titus Andronicus directed by Gregory Doran with Antony Sher as Titus.

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  7. King Lear (1994 Video)

    Director
    Yvonne Brewster

    Video recording, using three cameras, of a performance of King Lear by the Talawa Theatre Company at the Cochrane Theatre, London. Ben Thomas is Lear.

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  8. King Lear (1994 Video)

    Director
    Yvonne Brewster

    Video recording using a single camera (wide shot) of a rehearsal for a production of King Lear by the Talawa Theatre Company at the Cochrane Theatre, London. Ben Thomas is Lear.

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  9. Othello (1990 Film)

    Director
    Ted Lange
    Producer
    Katherine A. Kaspar

    Feature film version of Othello. The production focuses strongly on the intraracial hatred, a concept seen in casting choices and textual cuts. Afro-Americans play Othello, Emilia and Iago.

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  10. Othello (1988 Television, Video)

    Director
    Janet Suzman
    Producer
    David Pupkewitz

    This television production marked the directorial debut of Janet Suzman and was staged in her native South Africa by the Market Theatre of Johannesburg. Casting black actor John Kani in the title role, the...

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