Keith Hamilton Cobb's AMERICAN MOOR Returns To Boston

ArtsEmerson is honored to host the return of the award-winning American Moor written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb, an urgent solo work examining the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare's character, Othello. The 2018 IRNE and Elliot Norton award-winning play received wide-spread acclaim from Boston audiences and critics - American Moor plays ArtsEmerson for two weeks of performances, April 10-21, at the Emerson Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage.

Tickets for American Moor start at just $20 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 617.824.8400, or in person at the box office. Group, student, and senior discounts are also available.

American Moor challenges the capacity of theatre to fulfill the human longing to be fully visible and embraced; it's a show that poses the question "who gets to perform Shakespeare?" while exploring the inequities of life as a black actor and life as a black man. The Boston Globe's Don Aucoin calls it "a deep-from-the-heart spellbinder [that] is a blisteringly eloquent and penetrating meditation on the ever-urgent matter of race in America."

"Keith's got something timelessly entertaining, powerfully urgent and deeply disruptive to say with American Moor," says ArtsEmerson artistic director David Dower. "In his first appearance in Boston he struck a chord that still reverberates. Just like we've done with Daniel Beaty's Mr. Joy, Melinda Lopez' Mala, and with companies like Whistler in the Dark, Arlekin Players, and Bedlam, we're delighted to create the opportunity for more people to experience an award-winning production. Keith and Kim have continued to evolve the show since last we saw it here, as well, so even its fans will find surprises that reward a repeat visit. With Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Othello having just wrapped a visit to A.R.T., it's a perfect time to confront the complexities of that play, its title character, and the American culture -- Keith is absolutely burning to take us there."

American Moor was previously presented in Boston in 2017 by O.W.I (Bureau of Theatre) at the BCA Plaza black box theatre.

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