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UofL Theatre opens new season with 'The Colored Museum'

by John Chamberlain last modified Sep 02, 2010 11:22 AM


Sept. 2, 2010


LOUISVILLE, Ky. –“The Colored Museum,” a play by George C. Wolfe, will open the fall season for University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts.


Presented by the department and its African American Theatre Program (AATP), the play will be performed Sept. 29 - Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. nightly plus a 3 p.m. matinee on Oct. 3. All performances are at The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third St.


          Wolfe, who was raised in Frankfort, satirizes the black experience in 1980s America in the play. The honored Broadway producer, director and writer challenges and provokes audiences  in 11 vignettes or  museum “exhibits,” that focus on black stereotypes as he saw them, two decades after the civil rights movement. 

            Wolfe received the Dramatists’ Guild Elizabeth Hull-Kate Warriner Award for the best play dealing with social, religious or political topics when the play premiered in 1986.  

Director Lundeana Thomas, professor and AATP director, calls the play a work of "genius” and said it takes on "uncomfortable issues with great humor—an in-your-face spoof of both blacks and whites.

“Life is difficult but we need to keep things in perspective. Sometimes we can accomplish more by sharing a laugh than just arguing. The play has all the entertainment value of a comedy and musical but with a message, too,” Thomas said.

For more information about the play and the importance of Wolfe to African American theater, call Thomas at 502-852-8442.

Season tickets for all five plays this season are $50 for the general public, $45 for UofL employees and senior citizens and $35 for students. Individual show tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and staff, and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit



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