An intelligent, intuitive, indomitable, large, black American
male actor explores Shakespeare’s Othello, race, and America . . . not necessarily in that order.
Directed by Kim Weild
Performances at FAMU’s Lee Hall Auditorium January 12th – 13th at 7:30pm
As part of our Visiting Artist Series, and in partnership with FAMU’s Artists in Bloom Festival, The Riley House & Museum, the Village Square, and Leon County, Southern Shakespeare Company brings actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb to Tallahassee for the Southeastern premiere of his play, American Moor, January 12th and 13th at Florida A&M University’s Lee Hall Auditorium. (For parking information, see below).
American Moor is an 85-minute, one-person play that uses Shakespeare’s Othello to examine the experience of black men in America. Since its premiere in 2013, American Moor has won several awards and has been added to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s permanent collection.
Encouraged by Mr. Cobb’s belief in the value of post-production dialogue, this production stimulates vigorous discussions about race, privilege, and the American Theatre with the audiences.
These talk-back sessions, moderated by the Village Square, reinforce public awareness of theatre, literature, language arts, history, and philosophy. On an applied level, it highlights social and political sciences, community interaction, racial equality, ethics, and current events.
This is a cross-disciplinary, trans-racial, trans-gender event.
“I had the honor and privilege of being in attendance for the closing performance of Keith Hamilton Cobb’s “American Moor” at the Lee Hall Auditorium at FAMU, as part of Southern Shakespeare Company’s Visiting Artist Series, in partnership with FAMU’s Artists in Bloom Festival.
I am a fan and follower of Mr. Cobb’s work, first in television as well as having seen him perform live in Mamet’s “Race” at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Upon learning that Southern Shakespeare Company was bringing “American Moor” to the south, as part of their Visiting Artist Series, I jumped at the opportunity to travel from Orlando to Tallahassee to see the performance as well as attend the private reception given in Mr. Cobb’s honor. Sadly, due to my total miscalculation of interstate traffic I missed the reception but arrived just in time to take my place front row, center for what would prove to be a wonderful and enlightening experience far beyond my expectation.
For the entirety of his performance I was absolutely mesmerized. Mr. Cobb is masterful at bringing the audience along as he shares his life experience as a large, black man who must contend with the always present and unceasing disrespect directed toward himself as an actor and the role and character of Othello. There are too many wonderful moments in his performance to share. His recitation of dialogue from several works of Shakespeare is delightful and a wonderful demonstration of his gift as an actor. The audience can truly feel the plethora of his emotion in all manners and forms. He presents his very human experience in a way that allows us all to see ourselves. If possible I want to see this piece again. There is so much to be learned that I think multiple viewings could only be a benefit. This work is important and the audience for it is unlimited. From beginning to end, the message and the messenger are spot-on.” -Lisa Morris
– Gregg Henry, Artistic Director,
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
– Lindsey R. Swindall, Ph.D.
Stevens Institute of Technology
Parking Map for American Moor Event
Keith Hamilton Cobb will also be visiting Tallahassee as part of the Created Equal @ Club of Honest Citizens Wednesday, January 11th 6:30PM at The Moon.
This evening is about frank community conversations about how we are doing in our hometown on issues of race and founding ideals. If you would like to learn more about this event, created in partnership with Leon County and the Village Square, featuring Keith Hamilton Cobb, click here.