Led by director Iqbal Khan, this workshop will be held in conjunction with Khan’s lecture on Friday 26 that is being sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Participants will be asked to view two versions of Shakespeare’s Othello: Khan’s 2015 production for the Royal Shakespeare Theater and the 1965 film starring Laurence Olivier. Through a discussion of the two Othellos, one with two white men in the two main characters, and the other with two black men in the two main characters, this workshop will address questions of premodern race, race in performance, racial representation in theatre and a critical evaluation of past ‘landmark’ performances. Participants are also strongly encouraged to bring their own questions, whether intellectual or practical, for a wide-ranging conversation about art and responsibility.
Students should register here for this discussion that will address issues of pressing importance to all scholars in the humanities. Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions for accessing the Othellos.