Is Othello a racist play? Highlights with subtitles | Debates | Royal Shakespeare Company
Highlights of a debate held on Sunday 9 August 2015 at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. This was the second in a series of supporting discussions bringing together a variety of expert speakers and commentators to discuss issues and topics raised by our summer season of plays, including The Merchant of Venice, Othello and The Jew of Malta. Speakers discuss whether Othello can be considered a racist play. The debate drew on our then current production, and examined what it means to stage a contemporary interpretation of the play.
Is ‘Othello’ relevant today? Sacred Heart hosts playwright theatre residency to find out
Sacred Heart University is taking a fresh look at Shakespeare’s classic play, “Othello” with actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb.
From Nov. 29 through Dec. 10, the Untitled Othello Project, an ensemble of nine artists engaged in an in-depth, touring interrogation of the play, will begin a two-week theatre residency at Sacred Heart University to explore the question of the viability of producing “Othello” today.
The group isn’t mounting a production, Cobb said. Instead, the collective will collaborate with Sacred Heart students on intensive table work, studying the characters, scenes, motivations and themes of “Othello.” Sacred Heart student actors will also assume some of the roles.