Oh Othello!

This Throwback Thursday features a great photo of Paul Robeson in his garb as the well-known character of Othello, which The Theatre Guild produced on Broadway in 1943-1944.

Robeson’s portrayal of Othello was so masterful and well-performed that John Dover Wilson—one of the premier Shakespeare critics at the time—commented that Robeson’s Othello was the best performance of the century!

When I was about 10 years old, I used to spend wonderful times wrestling and playing with Paul’s son, Paul Jr.!

Paul broke through so many barriers coming from the son of a former slave, and knowing him and his family was indeed an honor!

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2 thoughts on “Oh Othello!

  1. […] the beginning of the year, we posted a fabulous photo from our archives of Paul Robeson.  I knew him well and played with his son often when I was a […]

  2. theatguild says:

    Reblogged this on The Theatre Guild Newsletter and commented:

    Dear Friends,
    We hope this finds you well and if you’re in the Northeast, we hope you survived the latest (4th!) nor’easter!
    We thought we’d take a moment today to share with you one of our most popular posts on our Newsletter—that is of a photo we have of Paul Robeson dressed as Othello.
    We originally shared this with you in January 2015, so we thought it was a great time to re-share for all of our members, including new members who have subscribed to our Newsletter since then!

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