Political Shakespeare in New Orleans?

Professor Michael Kuczynski of Tulane University Reflects on Shakespeare Productions and Politics

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A guest card from an early 20th c. Comus ball, New Orleans, of Bottom.

Reproduced courtesy of the Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University.

 

As well as being famous for its carnival culture, New Orleans can also play host to politically engaged Shakespeare. We were intrigued to hear from Michael Kuczynski of Tulane University’s English Department of productions in their Shakespeare festival which have reflected the political critiques of the New Orleans audiences.

“Carnival Collection,” a late 19th c. invitation to the Comus ball, featuring (above the head of Comus and under the gothic arch) Queen Mab, from R&J; and  You can search for other Shakespearean images in our Carnival Collection at the following link

http://larc.tulane.edu/exhibits/carnival

Michael P Kuczynski

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