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American Players Theatre put on a spectacular performance of Hamlet Obviously no performance is without flaw but certainly these actors and actresses have immense talent Hamlet itself was written with art and prestige loved by many and rightfully soOne of the difficulties directors face is casting the most appropriate actor or actress for parts in well known playsEvery individual familiar with a piece of work has certain criteria created in their mind for the characters He must be this tall or have this color eyes If any of those are wrong in the eyes of the beholder it could negatively affect the audiences appreciation of the performance Therefore casting individuals that arent expected to play that role is risky and is only done to prove a point Directors of American Players Theatre took great risks as they casted an African American male to play the role of Horatio and used women to portray female roles instead of the Shakespearean time tradition of using only male actors Generally speaking Horatio is casted as a caucasian male For examplethis man Nicholas Farrell played Horatio in Hollywoods Hamlet in 1996Why would this be the case Shakespeare doesnt specifically say that Horatio is caucasian so why do the masses assume he is The probable case is a race issue how would someone of color in the 1600s be so close to royalty such as Hamlet Horatio and Hamlet were so close that Hamlets dying words were directed at Horatio as Horatio held him o i die Horatio52352They would not it just wasnt seen in society of that time period There are two possible reasons that American Players Theatre would run such a risk of being historically inaccurate by casting a black male as Horatio One being a modern audience in the 21st century it is common for a man of color to talk to a caucasian maleAnother possibility is that the
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