Philadelphia is a city known for its ethnic and cultural diversity. In March 2015, Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater at Broad and Spruce opened its production of Hamlet, starring Zainab Jah. While plenty of women have played Hamlet, Jah became only the second black woman to take on the iconic role. Given this twist on one of the most well-known plays ever written, theatergoers flocked to The Wilma to see what all the fuss was about. After receiving plenty of praise, Jah proved that actors can transcend race and gender by showing a strong grasp of their material.

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