A Comparison Analysis of Racial Conflict and the Importance of African American Representation in the Role of Othello This study will analyze the conflicting racial aspects of the role of Othello in modern Shakespearean theater. The primary use of African American actors in the role of Othello defines a more experiential and convincing thespian model for modern theater. While some actors, such Laurence Olivier, have made the role famous to white audiences through blackface acting, the African American actor Paul Robeson brings a more authentic enactment of Othello as the ‘other’ in a dominantly white society. In essence, the plebian racial conflicts that arise in the role of Othello will compare the white and black actors that define the...The end:
..... racism of blackface in Oliver’s performance only reinforces the authenticity and experiential “blackness” of Robeson’s high quality performances. In this manner, a comparison analysis of these two racial features of the role of Othello have been analyzed in this study of the acting methods of Olivier and Robeson in 20th century Shakespearean theater. Works Cited Alexander, Catherine. Shakespeare and Race. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Brenton , Kyle. “Three Faces of Othello.” American Repertory Theater. 2001. 31 May 2009 Loomba , Ania . Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Thompson, Ayanna . Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance. London: Routledge , 2006.