‘Seeing Color: Casting African Americans in Shakespeare’

John Douglas Thompson as Macbeth. Photo by Gerry Goodstein

Theatre for a New Audience Presents Free Public Event

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

In this 50th anniversary year of the Civil Rights Amendment of 1964, Theatre for a New Audience presents “Seeing Color: Casting African Americans in Shakespeare” on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The panel includes actress, poet, and playwright Nehaissaiu DeGannes, actor Jacob Ming-Trent, Shakespeare and ‘race performance’ scholar Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University) and award-winning actor John Douglas Thompson. Moderating the panel will be Katharine Goodland (College of Staten Island), who has interviewed hundreds of actors, directors, producers and artists for her groundbreaking project, “Mythologizing Cultural Trauma: Representing Blackness in Contemporary American Shakespeare Productions.”

"Seeing Color" is intended to cut to the heart of colorblind casting in Shakespeare today, asking not ‘do we see color’ but ‘should we see color,’ especially in Shakespeare. Focusing specifically on the performance history of African Americans in Shakespeare and the experience of black actors and theatre professionals today, the program will explore these and other questions in a determined attempt to define and question our perceptions of race.

The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9th, 6:30 p.m., at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place). To RSVP or for further information, contact or visit

February 3, 2014 - 10:30am



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