American Moor: Teaching Shakespeare and Race or, Teaching Race Everyplace

Written & Performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb
Directed by Kim Weild
Sunday, February 03, 2019, 2:15 pm
Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place, NE Washington, DC
Your $30 ticket includes performance, reception, pre-and post-performance workshop, and teaching materials.

Rescheduled for February 3, 2019

Join us for a special DC event for teachers in collaboration with Anacostia Playhouse, Washington, DC.



In 85 minutes, playwright/performer Keith Hamilton Cobb uses his love of language and 30 years of experience in the American theatre to explore Shakespeare, race, and America, not necessarily in that order.  His play, American Moor, considers the dilemma of a seasoned African-American actor auditioning for a role fraught with racial animus, Othello. American Moor is an unapologetic investigation of an irony that stands as metaphor for America’s most pressing societal condition: a white culture dictating rules of conduct to a non-white one from an often inadvertent place of privilege.  In his highly engaging play, Cobb asks questions that demand answers, and answers questions that are rarely asked.

Listen to our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast interview with Cobb about American Moor


No matter what or who you teach, we think that American Moor is a play that every English teacher should be able to see and reflect upon.  Join Keith Hamilton Cobb, Folger Education, and the Anacostia Playhouse, and let’s all do that together. 

The Why and How of Teaching Race/Teaching Shakespeare

Discussion led by Donna Denizé, St. Albans School for Boys teacher, department head and Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute faculty (a Black lady) and Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education at the Folger Shakespeare Library (a white lady).

Performance of American Moor

Lively post-performance discussion with Denizé, O’Brien, and author and actor Keith Hamilton Cobb

Reception, more conversation, and teaching suggestions!

**Folger Education will provide you with a letter describing the 4 Professional Development hours earned through participating in this activity.


Purchase online or by phone at 202-290-2328

Your $30 ticket includes performance, reception, pre-and post-performance workshop, and teaching materials.

Getting there 

Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020

There is ample street parking and a paid lot one block away at Shannon and W Streets, SE. 

The Anacostia Metro station is 4.5 blocks away on the Green line.