College student theater production cancelled after white woman chosen to play…

Photo: Anthony Moretti 2Oct2016

Photo: Anthony Moretti 2Oct2016

…a role that traditionally has gone to a black male.

The National Post has the details.

After September auditions, Queen’s Vagabond Theatre made what its directors acknowledged was a risky decision: Lauren Broadhurst, a white woman, was chosen to play the title character. Since Paul Robeson played him on Broadway in 1943, Othello has typically been performed by a black actor.

Maggie Purdon, the play’s director, said she researched the play extensively before the casting and interpreted the text as being about the struggles of an outsider rather than about race.

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