Street Theatre Company opens the critically-acclaimed satire, THE COLORED MUSEUM on June 14th
NASHVILLE – George C.Wolfe’s THE COLORED MUSEUM is a satirical play that gives new meaning and perspective on being black in contemporary America. The play consists of eleven “exhibits” that re-explore and undermine stereotypes of what it means to be black. The play tackles issues such as oppression, stereotypes, and self-identity with a satirical twist, and examines the strong desire and struggle for African Americans to release centuries of oppression.
Although the play is generally light-hearted and farcical, and contains a great deal of jazz-and-blues influenced music and a spattering of dance, its underlying themes are intended as a valuable reminder of the struggle for equality and recognition that African-Americans have experienced throughout their history. Director Jon Royal says, "Wolfe has created a museum filled with pieces that trace the African American experience from slavery into the twentieth century. Like many things that find themselves in museums, these exhibits have become somewhat distorted, and distanced from their origins."
"Brings forth a bold new voice that is bound to shake up blacks and whites with separate-but-equal impartiality. True satire." -Jack Kroll, Newsweek “Mr. Wolfe is the kind of satirist who takes no prisoners. The shackles of the past have been defied by Mr. Wolfe's fearless humor, and it's a most liberating revolt!" -Frank Rich, The New York Times
THE COLORED MUSEUM is directed by Jon Royal, with musical direction by Rollie Mains and choreography by Nomalanga Eniafe. The cast features a cast of thirteen actors including Shawn Whitsell, Tamiko Robinson, Lauren Jones, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, and many more talents from the Nashville area. Street Theatre Company is supported by Metro Nashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission.
THE COLORED MUSEUM runs June 14 through 30. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors, and group rates are available. For specific show information and to purchase tickets, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org. Performances are at Street Theatre, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, just off the Briley Parkway. For more information, call 615-554-7414.
ABOUT STREET THEATRE COMPANY
Street Theatre Company is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering professional, affordable and accessible theatre, music and arts education in Nashville. Founded in 2004, the organization produces high quality performances and educational workshops, and provides artistic opportunities for young people. For more information, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org.