The Colored Museum
Project1Voice/1 Play/1 Day 2016
Produced by Portland Center Stage
Over 40 theater companies, museums and other diverse institutions will participate in this one-night-only international salute to American theater.
THE COLORED MUSEUM – A STAGED READING
BY GEORGE C. WOLFE
Featuring Portland Directors:
Jerry Foster, Bobby Bermea, Lava Alapai, Shalanda Sims
George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum premiered at the Crossroads Theater Company of New Jersey on March 26, 1986 with direction by Crossroads co-founder L. Kenneth Richardson, music composed and arranged by Kathryn Bostic and choreography by Hope Clark. Told through a series of 11 exhibits, The Colored Museum explores the journey of self-identification, which shows both black history and the impact of African culture within America. Satire and dark comedy are used to expose the audience to a different look into the identity crisis that people of African descent struggle with. The Colored Museum, for all its humor, is filled with drama with what Wolfe calls “pure unadulterated metaphor,” distillations of black experience that he believes are specific and evocative enough to resonate far beyond their time and place. Each staged reading will feature a wide spectrum of diverse creative talents with up to 6 directors and up to 20 actors.Reserve tickets
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