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American Moor Performance

Headshot of Keith Hamilton Cobb

American Moor is a 90-minute solo play written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb. It examines the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare's character, Othello. It is not an adaptation of Othello but an echoing of it in our lives today. It is a play about race in America, but it is also a play about who gets to make art, who gets to play Shakespeare, about the qualitative decline of the American theatre, about actors and acting, and about the nature of unadulterated love. The widely diverse audiences that have experienced the play echo the piece's awareness that we see only what we want to see and that we all long to be wholly noticed and wholly embraced. It is an often funny, often heartbreaking examination of the privileged perspectives that are ultimately so injurious to us all. This event is open only to the UMass community.

Keith Hamilton Cobb is an actor who has spent the majority of his working life on stage and is readily recognized on the streets of New York for several unique character portrayals in television. American Moor is not his first play, but it is the one that is most timely, most truthful and the one for which he is most suited to perform, for it is a vision of race in America with the entertainment industry as microcosm. Cobb is now able to reflect upon a lifetime in that industry where no one who was anything like him ever wrote the rules. American Moor is his song to the unheard, unseen other. For more information, visit his website.

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