A PLAY BY KEITH HAMILTON COBB
DIRECTED BY KIM WEILD
AUGUST 26 - OCTOBER 5, 2019
CHERRY LANE THEATRE
38 COMMERCE STREET
"This deep-from-the-heart spellbinder by Keith Hamilton Cobb is a blisteringly eloquent and penetrating meditation on the ever-urgent matter of race in America."
—The Boston Globe
“Fascinating. The thick racial tension of the premise predominates. It’s about performing Othello but also, in a way, about being Othello: a black man trying to find a path to excellence in a society anxious to keep him in his place.” — The New York Times
Keith Hamilton Cobb’s AMERICAN MOOR is the award-winning, tour-de-force new play that takes audiences behind-the-scenes and into the audition room as an African-American actor responds to the demands of a white director presuming to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character, Othello.
A passionate and poetic exploration, AMERICAN MOOR is an essential look at the experience and perspective of black men in America while challenging the capacity of theatre to make all people fully visible and embraced.
“Keith Hamilton Cobb delivers a compelling turn in this deeply felt meditation on Shakespeare and racism.”
—AM New York
"Cobb’s earnest, reasoned script slashes so precisely that you may not see Shakespeare—and a lot of roles played by black performers—quite the same way for a while."
Scenic Design by WILSON CHIN
Costume Design by DEDE AYITE
Lighting Design by ALAN C. EDWARDS
Sound Design by CHRISTIAN FREDERICKSON
Production Stage Manager CALEB SPIVEY
AMERICAN MOOR is a production of Red Bull Theater, produced in collaboration with Evangeline Morphos, Frederick M. Zollo, Elizabeth I. McCann and Tom Shea. The production is made possible through special arrangement with Cherry Lane Theatre under the direction of Angelina Fiordellisi. The production is made possible by a generous grant from the Fiordellisi Williams Family Foundation.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KEITH HAMILTON COBB is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in acting, and most widely known for the roles he has created for television, among those Noah Keefer for ABC’s "All My Children"; the galactic mercenary, Tyr Anasazi, for Gene Rodenberry’s "Andromeda"; Damon Porter for CBS’s "The Young and the Restless"; and Quincy Abrams for the Logo network series "Noah’s Arc," he has also appeared at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Denver Theatre Center, Red Bull Theater, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Orlando Shakespeare Festival, The Geva Theatre Center, The Pioneer Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and on many other regional stages performing both classical and contemporary roles. His life-long love of Shakespeare has seen him cast as Laertes, Tybalt, Tullus Aufidius, Theseus, Oberon, Julius Caesar and other staples of the Poet’s canon. The span of his career includes twelve years in Los Angeles where he has guest-starred on multiple television half-hours and dramas including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Boston Common," "Suddenly Susan," "One on One," "The Twilight Zone," and "CSI Miami."
JOSH TYSON is pleased to be continuing this journey with the American Moor team having been involved in the play’s development since 2015. OFF BROADWAY: Modotti (The Acorn @ Theatre Row), Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem). OFF OFF: Wolves (59E59 Theatre), An Octopus Love Story (Center Stage), The Blue Martini (The Lion @ Theatre Row) Conference Room A (The Red Room). He is also a long time player with New York’s Phoenix Theatre Ensemble where favorite roles include Judas in Judas, Tartuffe in Tartuffe, Adolph in Creditors, Orestes in Electra, Achilles in Iphigenia at Aulis, Napoleon in The Man of Destiny and Haemon in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone. FILM/TV: No Retreat (Nominated Best Feature Austin Film Fest and available on Amazon Prime), Laura Gets A Cat (Available on Amazon Prime), The First Day (Available on Amazon Prime), Stoop Sale, Whales, Alabaster, and Law & Order. Thank you, Lara.
KIM WEILD (Director) is a Drama Desk Award nominee and recipient of the 2018 NYIT Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production for the world premiere of NY Times Critic’s Pick Soot and Spit Weild’s work has been seen at: Shakespeare’s Globe Theater London, Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala, The New York Theater Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, ArtsEmerson, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, The Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Boston Center for the Arts among others. In 2018 she directed Charles Mee’s First Love at Cherry Lane Theatre starring Academy Award nominee, Michael O’Keefe and Angelina Firodellisi. Associate Director Broadway: Deuce, Is He Dead, Blithe Spirit. Writer: Dusty - London’s West End and the children’s book: How the I Becomes The We. Fellowships/residencies include: Park Avenue Armory, Williamstown Foeller Fellow, Kennedy Center, Shubert Fellowship, Archive Residency Two commissions for The High Line. WP Theater alumna. Founding Artistic Director, Our Voices. Head of Directing, John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University. Member SDC.