'American Moor' at Karamu House Powerfully Examines How Black Actors Have Been Muted and Ignored By Christine Howey
Cleveland Scene reporter, Christine Howey, reviews American Moor -
An audition is a place where an actor signs up to lay his or her soul on the table and then be criticized, judged, and usually rejected.
That is one of the several things that is made clear in American Moor, written and performed with stunning clarity by Keith Hamilton Cobb. Now at Karamu House, this almost-one-person performance, directed by Kim Weild, uses an actor's audition as a metaphor for the muted and often ignored voice of Black actors in the American theater in general, and in Shakespeare's "Othello" in particular.
Karamu's "American Moor" is a fascinating revelation of the theatre process
Mark Horning, Cleveland Theatre Reviews - "It is refreshing to get a fresh interpretation of the Black situation as it applies to the theater and art. Words written over 400 years ago by Shakespeare come back to ring true in these days of struggle and Black Lives Matter. This show is a melding of classical and contemporary ideas flowing together that will fascinate all who go to see it. Be amazed."
Cleveland's Karamu House receives $1 million grant for renovations
Cleveland's Karamu House, the country's oldest Black producing theatre, received a $1 million grant to complete renovations to the historic venue.
Karamu House using $1M grant to make itself a 'destination' spot
The beloved African American venue will upgrade its arena theater, add a healthy option bistro, and build its own television studio for virtual performances.