A spellbinding journey through Shakespeare and race...blisteringly eloquent & penetrating on ever-urgent matter of race in America.
A World Premiere
with Josh Tyson
Photo by Wilson Chin
...Cobb’s engaging, inquisitive presence ... is nicely framed by Kim Weild’s cool, understated direction.
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.
Episode 54 - American Moor - Keith Hamilton Cobb interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.
Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast Series
Transcript also available on the site
Keith Hamilton Cobb’s AMERICAN MOOR is incredible. It holds a mirror up to our contemporary culture...I have spent my life thinking about Shakespeare, but that did not prepare me for the depth of thinking and feeling that his performance provoked.
As directed by Kim Weild...the 100 minutes of this play zip by. Cobb’s energy is unflagging, and his pace unrelenting; he fills the room with movement, energy, and sheer vital presence. This is a rare example of a play about which you can say, without hyperbole, that it’s riveting: You hang on every well-chosen, robustly presented word. American Moor is both urgent art and an important political statement.