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Performance Dates
February 17 - 20, 2022
PNC Theatre

Written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb
Directed by Kim Weild

The theatrical event of the season! A tour-de-force performance. As an experienced, African American actor auditions for Othello, he is met with prejudice, racism and privilege while negotiating with a young, white director who presumes to understand Shakespeare’s Moorish prince far better than the performer standing before him. By combining an audition from hell and a cutting, laugh-out-loud internal monologue, American Moor challenges the capacity of theatre to make all people fully visible and embraced. Written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb, American Moor's electric storytelling explores the inequities of life as a Black actor and life as a Black man.

"The thick racial tension of the premise predominates. It's about performing 'Othello' but also, in a way, about being Othello: a Black man trying to find a path to excellence in a society anxious to keep him in his place." - The New York Times

"This actor and playwright is transforming how we view Shakespeare." - Jeryl Brunner,

"For anyone...who wants to experience a performance that balances dynamism and lyricism with uncommon skill, 'American Moor' is yes, a must-see." - Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe


As we raise our curtains this fall and return to live performances, your health and safety is our priority. Our goal is to ensure you can comfortably resume enjoying cultural events once again!

Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse has instituted layers of defense against COVID-19 and the safety practices for our guests, students, staff, and artists – the latest of which is a vaccination and mask requirement.

Point Park University requires all students to be vaccinated. Additionally, a university-wide mask mandate is in place. 

The vaccine policy begins September 1 and will remain in effect through April 30, 2022. We will continually be monitoring this protocol along with federal, state, and local guidelines and keep you informed of any changes.

Vaccination and Masking Requirements

Guests ages 12 and older who are attending a public performance at the Pittsburgh Playhouse must be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination with their valid ticket at the time of entry. Fully vaccinated means that on the date of the performance you would have received your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior. Proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Guests may display proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy. Use of a Digital Vaccination Passport App is also acceptable.