American Moor at the BCA

 

Funny, ironic and deeply moving, American Moor explores the process of auditioning for the role of Othello. An audition process that invariably ends up with a large black man on stage responding to white middle-aged decision makers who portend to understand how a charismatic, intelligent, black man should react in an alien society.

Keith Hamilton Cobb is best known to the general public for his television work in daytime dramas (All My Children, The Young and the Restless, etc.) and Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda, but he has always been at heart a classical stage actor and has an impressive resume to back him up. This love for the theatre brought him to develop a remarkable and controversial work that takes the audience into a sanctified and often secretive place – the audition room. The production will be directed by Kim Wield.

 

American Moor is at Boston Center for the Arts through Aug. 12