American Moor: Teaching Shakespeare and Race or, Teaching Race Everyplace

When:  Jan 13, 2019 from 2:15 PM to 6:00 PM (ET)

SPECIAL DC EVENT FOR TEACHERS
IN COLLABORATION WITH ANACOSTIA PLAYHOUSE, WASHINGTON, DC

 

PERFORMANCE AND TEACHER WORKSHOP
(4 credit hours of Professional Development)

THE PLAY. 
In 85 minutes, playwright/performer Keith Hamilton Cobb uses his love of language and 30 years of experience in the American theatre to explore Shakespeare, race, and America, not necessarily in that order.  His play, American Moor, considers the dilemma of a seasoned African-American actor auditioning for a role fraught with racial animus, Othello.  American Moor is an unapologetic investigation of an irony that stands as metaphor for America’s most pressing societal condition: a white culture dictating rules of conduct to a non-white one from an often inadvertent place of privilege.  In his highly engaging play, Cobb asks questions that demand answers, and answers questions that are rarely asked.

Listen to our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast interview with Cobb about American Moor

THE WORKSHOP

No matter what or who you teach, we think that American Moor is a play that every English teacher should be able to see and reflect upon.  Join Keith Hamilton Cobb, Folger Education, and the Anacostia Playhouse, and let’s all do that together. 

2:15-3:00pm  
The Why and How of Teaching Race/Teaching Shakespeare.  
Discussion led by Donna Denizé, St. Albans School for Boys teacher, department head and Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute faculty (a Black lady) and Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education at the Folger Shakespeare Library (a white lady).

3:00-4:30pm  
Performance of American Moor

4:30-5:15  
Lively post-performance discussion with Denizé, O’Brien, and author and actor Keith Hamilton Cobb

5:15-6:00
Reception, more conversation, and teaching suggestions!

 

**Folger Education will provide you with a letter describing the 4 Professional Development hours earned through participating in this activity.

 

Tickets: Buy your tickets online or call 202-290-2328.  Your $30 ticket includes performance, reception, pre-and post-performance workshop, and teaching materials.

 

Getting there:  The Playhouse is located at 2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020.

There is ample street parking and a paid lot a block away at Shannon and W Streets, SE.  The Anacostia Metro station is 4.5 blocks away, on the Green line.

 

 

 

 

Location

Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place, NE
Washington, DC 20020