An exploration of the revolutionary and courageous Broadway production that forever changed Hagen’s career
A collage of archival audio, photographs, semi-staged readings, and expert commentary transport you 75 years into theatre history. In October 1943, the Theatre Guild opened a revolutionary and courageous Othello, the first major American Shakespeare production starring an African American actor, Paul Robeson, opposite a white leading lady, Uta Hagen. As the play churned to its dramatic end, the tragic lovers shared the fateful kiss – Broadway’s first interracial kiss. Hagen’s career was forever changed, as her association with Robeson condemned her to the Hollywood blacklist. The production set the record for the longest run of any Shakespeare play on Broadway, a record which remains unbroken. Join us for an exploration of this historic and influential production, as we celebrate the centennial of Uta Hagen.
Monday, May 13, 2019 | 6 pm | RSVP
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center | Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023