ISPADA Israeli Planning, Architecture and Development in Africa
Zionism, Apartheid, Blackface: Cry the Beloved Country on the Israeli Stage
Eitan Bar Yosef
Representations, Vol. 123 No. 1, Summer 2013; (pp. 117-153), The Regents of the University of California
israel | 2013
Abstract by Eitan Bar Yosef-
Numerous theatrical productions in 1950s Israel employed blackface to simulate negritude on the stage. Focusing on Habima’s 1953 production of Lost in the Stars—the musical drama based on Alan Paton’s best-selling novel Cry, the Beloved Country—and reading it in the context of Israel’s involvement in postcolonial black Africa, this essay demonstrates how, by reflecting the slippery nature of Jewish whiteness, blackface performances on the Hebrew stage captured the complex relationship between Zionism and apartheid.

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