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ENGL 215 - FEB 9 Othello (1603-04)– race and performance history Othello has always been played in Blackface on stage Tradition of using blackface continues even past the 18c Fear of miscegenation – relationship between ppl of diff races (slide w quote) “Monsterous Othello” – means that if D has children w O, they will have mosnterous children Changes made to the play: The curtains were drawn around the bed – affect of tititalting the imagination of whats hapeneing behind curtains (tones down violence of D’s death) Edmund Kean (1814) played O w a lighter face makeup – which was veruy siuccessful ( he had more visible facual features as he acted) and was well received – his appearance seemed more civilized – something audience members were more used to and they could have felt more sympathty because they felt more like them ( was more of a tragedy because of this – it was
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