"Soft you. A word or two before you go.
I have done the state some service, and they know 't.
No more of that I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice."
Paul Robeson's 1943 Broadway performance in Othello set the record for the longest running of a Shakespeare play on Broadway with 299 performances.