The Colored Museum

THE COLORED MUSEUM

May 20 - June 5, 2022 
 
By George C. Wolfe

Directed by Pascale Florestal 

Presented on the Main Stage

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The Colored Museum has electrified, delighted and discomforted audiences of all colors, redefining our ideas of what it means to be Black in contemporary America. Thought-provoking, provocative and extremely entertaining, its eleven “exhibits” undermine Black stereotypes old and new and return to the facts of what being Black means.

The production is directed in a fresh, relevant new way for The Umbrella Stage Company by versatile director, dramaturge, educator, writer and collaborator Pascale Florestal, recently spotlighted in WBUR's "2021 Artery 25: Artists Of Color Transforming The Cultural Landscape".

Alternately stinging and hysterically funny, the show was created by award-winning playwright George C. Wolfe, praised by The New York Times as "the kind of satirist, almost unheard of in today's timid theater, who takes no prisoners," and who "says the unthinkable, says it with uncompromising wit."

While seriously tackling the racial legacy of America's history, the play does so with defiant humor. Sketches parody everything from classic Black theater and fashion models to sell-out businessmen and wigs, and are laced with wisecracks about popular culture and lively music by Kysia Bostic. It also challenges traditional notions of the museum or cultural institution itself, "humanizing the Black experience that we so often see purely as entertainment," says Florestal.

In addition to theater talkbacks, the show experience will intersect with other programs at The Umbrella, including "The Colored Museum: Past/Present/Future" exhibition, a mixed media group show featuring work by 10 emerging and established contemporary Black artists curated by Cedric Vise1 Douglas; a pre-matinee African-American History Walking Tour of Concord every Sunday; partner activities with The Robbins House; and other community events.

Want to see the show for free? Volunteer as an usher! Sign up here: The Colored Museum Volunteer Ushers. Questions? Contact Cathie Regan at CRegan@theumbrellaarts.org

 

RELATED SPECIAL EVENTS

The-Colored-Museum-Past-Present-Future Exhibition PosterARTISTS OPENING RECEPTION

Join us for an interactive experience of The Colored Museum: Past/Present/Future at 40 Stow Street on Sunday May 22, 5-8PM, immediately following the opening Sunday matinee performance of The Colored Museum. Meet and celebrate the artists, participate in special one-day-only participatory installations, enjoy refreshments and music by DJ Bob Diesel.
 

WALKING TOUR SUNDAYS

Go deeper into Concord's Black history! The Concord Visitor Center, The Robbins House and The Umbrella Arts Center have teamed up for a special “June Journeys” edition of the Town's expert-guided African-American History of Concord Walking Tour before visit the exhibition and seeing the play. Reserve in advance when booking tickets to The Colored Museum Sunday May 22May 29 or June 5. Tours meet at The Umbrella 1:00PM.
 

THE ROBBINS HOUSE TALKBACK

May 29 immediately following the play, stay for a panel discussion with experts from The Robbins House, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing Concord’s African, African American, and antislavery history from the 17th through the 19th centuries.
 

COLLABORATORS TALKBACK

June 5 immediately following the closing performance of the play, exhibition curator Cedric Vise1 Douglas and theater director Pascale Florestal will be joined by journalist Jacquinn Sinclair for a talkback on art, race, and their collaboration exploring themes in The Colored Museum.

 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Regardless of vaccine status, ALL patrons must wear a properly fitted CDC-approved face mask inside the theater. The Umbrella will operate at limited capacity with upgraded MERV-13 HVAC filters. We reserve the right to reseat patrons as needed in accordance with our COVID protocols. All tickets will be held at the box office to ensure the safest, most accurate experience for all patrons. These policies are in effect as of April 1, 2022 and are subject to change. The Umbrella's full COVID safety guidelines can be found here.

 

READINGS

 

Cast

Kai Clifton

Yasmeen Duncan

BW Gonzalez*

Lorraine Victoria Kanyike

Damon Singletary*

 

* Appearing through an Agreement between this theater and Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

** Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE, the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection designers in Live Performance.

Staff

Produced by Brian Boruta

Directed by Pascale Florestal

Assistant Direction / Dramaturgy by Abraham Rebollo-Trujillo

Staged Managed by Tim Andrew

Assistant Stage Managed by Shani Farrell

Music Consulting by Jermaine Hill

Scenic Design by Baron Pugh **

Tech Director Al Forgione

Costumes by Becca Jewett

Sound Design by James Cannon 

Lighting Design by Samuel Biondollio

Hair/Makeup by Schanaya Barrows

Properties by Susan Harrington

Set painting by Page Evett

COVID Safety Officer Cathie Regan

Dates

05/20/2022 - 8:00pm
05/21/2022 - 8:00pm
05/22/2022 - 3:00pm
05/27/2022 - 8:00pm
05/28/2022 - 8:00pm
05/29/2022 - 3:00pm
06/03/2022 - 8:00pm
06/04/2022 - 8:00pm
06/05/2022 - 3:00pm