Main Street Theater presents Speak of Me as I Am: A Celebration of African American Contributions to Shakespeare
While many African Americans of yesteryear such as Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, and Hattie McDaniel are well known for contributions to America’s art scene, fewer people know about the great black Shakespearian actors of early America. Figures such as Ira Aldridge, Henrietta Vinton Davis, and Paul Robeson may not be household names, but they enthralled audiences with their truth, dignity, and passion as they embodied characters such as Hamlet, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Othello.
In this one-of-a-kind reading, actors from Main Street Theater’s Shakespeare for All program will share historic accounts, stories, and scenes and speeches from Shakespeare in an interactive, audience-friendly presentation that reminds us that Shakespeare is, indeed, for all.
The reading will be held at the following locations:
- February 13: Katherine Tyra Branch Library
- February 15: Maud Smith Marks Library
- February 18: Evelyn Meador Library
- February 23: Parker Williams Library