"Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: What We Still Don’t Know" with Dr. Ayanna Thompson | Women's & Gender Studies

"Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: What We Still Don’t Know" with Dr. Ayanna Thompson

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 15:30
Event Location: 
WH 322

Nontraditional casting--the practice of casting actors of color in roles that were originally imagined as white characters to be performed by white actors--is a common phenomenon in British and American theatre and film. Nonetheless, very little research has been conducted on the effects of perceptions of race on the reception of classical performances. Scholars interested in audience reception have mostly been limited to anecdotal information from sources such as published theatre reviews, interviews with actors and directors, and overheard conversations in theatre lobbies. Dr. Thompson's talk, part of UNT's Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium, aims to challenge our scholarly understandings of audience responses to nontraditional casting.

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