My vision for this piece was to take the misogynoir (race-based misogyny) inherent in Shakespeare's text and use it as a base to explore contemporary representations of black womanhood in America, as well as a critique of 'white feminism'. The adaptation was done by myself, a white feminist and director, with Chanté Adams, a black feminist and performer of Cleopatra. The tension inherent in this collaboration was an important part of the piece itself. Live camera was used to draw attention to the construction of image and the question of 'the gaze'. Also included in the piece were documentary interviews with female performers of color. The piece was performed in Studio 201, the School of Drama's off-campus warehouse space.
Presented 17-20 February 2016, Studio 201, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Pittsburgh, USA
Written by William Shakespeare
Adaptation: Eleanor Bishop with Chanté Adams
Direction: Eleanor Bishop
Performance: Chanté Adams, Henry Ayres-Brown, Joe Essig, Arica Jackson, Wesley T. Jones, Samuel McInerney, Kevin Ramser, Cara Ronzetti
Scenic & Costume Design: Lucy Pope
Media Design: Kevan Loney
Sound Design: Nicholas Erikson
Lighting Design: Andrew Hunt
Stage Manger: Abby Sorese
Dramaturg: Vanessa Frank
Production Photography: Louis Stein & Keith Truax
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