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American Moor
by Keith Hamilton Cobb

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‘This deep-from-the-heart spellbinder is a blisteringly eloquent and penetrating meditation on the ever-urgent matter of race in America.’
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Cobb’s energy is unflagging, and his pace unrelenting; he fills the room with movement, energy, and sheer vital presence. This is a rare example of a play about which you can say, without hyperbole, that it’s riveting.’  
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Sunday 12 August, 6.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Keith Hamilton Cobb

Kim Weild

‘Nobody ever plays the devil’s advocate.
They play their own advocate, and hide behind that stupid idiom to avoid having to take responsibility for it.’



Award winning African-American actor Keith Hamilton-Cobb performs his provocative and affecting solo play.

Speaking directly and honestly to his audience, Hamilton-Cobb’s character examines the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of Shakespeare’s Othello, a play with which he has a complex relationship. 

The play is followed by a post-performance discussion led by Michael Witmore.  


American Moor has been performed across America, winning ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ at the 2015 AUDELCO Awards. It was recognised by the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the script is now in the library’s permanent collection.

Keith Hamilton-Cobb is best known for his role as Noah Keefer in ABC’s All My Children. He has performed in numerous Shakespeare plays including Hamlet and Coriolanus as well as contemporary roles including David Mamet’s Race.

Michael Witmore is the Director to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.