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Black Women Bring Unique Insight to Shakespeare in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Blk Girls Luv the Bard: Love’s Labour’s Lost


When JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell proposed her latest project, “Blk Girls Luv the Bard”a series of virtual staged readings of Shakespeare cast exclusively with Black womenon social media, she had no trouble finding talent.

“I didn’t have to go looking,” says the noted producer/director, who founded Black Ops Theatre Company in 2015 and has worked with leading regional companies including Dartmouth College and Vermont’s Northern Stage as well as local groups like PlayMakers Repertory Company and Bulldog Ensemble Theater. “There are plenty of Black women to fill these roles. We’re just regularly not being sourced for them.”