[LMB] Mercutio and Tybalt OT:

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Thu Jan 13 15:42:24 GMT 2022



> On Jan 13, 2022, at 8:35 AM, John Lennard <john.c.lennard at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> As you mention colour-blind casting (meaning the actor's skin tone is
> irrelevant), let me also mention one problem with it, which is that if one
> says Othello -must- be played by an actor of colour (which is now pretty
> much the case), one is also implicitly saying that no actor of colour can
> play anyone else in *Othello*, including the much more interesting role of
> Iago. It can be done, of course, as by the RSC a few years back with both
> Othello and Iago played by actors of colour, but that was seen as gimmicky,
> and the seemingly anti-racist rule has costs that those advocating it
> rarely seem to register.

I liked a movie production of Withering Heights with a black Heathcliff.   It worked with our modern times.


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