About this Event
407 Alumni Rd, Rochester, NY 14627
Historically and dramatically, the character of Tituba, an enslaved woman, is central to the actions of the 17ᵗʰ Century Salem Witchcraft Trials depicted in Arthur Miller’s iconic play, The Crucible. But how was this character portrayed by Miller? Who was the real Tituba? And what challenges face by actors in giving voice to BIPOC characters, often the product of white authors’ imaginations, in (frequently) predominantly white performance spaces? How do we frame such characters within our contemporary political and cultural discourse, and how do BIPOC performers approach them?
Join us for a panel discussion on history, authenticity, performance, race, and the performance of race with distinguished academics and performers, Kat Rina Davis (Actor/Author/Advocate; Tituba in the UR’s production of The Crucible); Prof. Mike Jarvis (UR History Department); Nigel Maister (Artistic Director: UR International Theatre Program; director of The Crucible; Panel Moderator); Jeffrey McCune (Director; the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies); and Esther Winter (Actor and Educator).
The panel will be followed by a reception in the lobby.