The Colored Museum

The cast of “The Colored Museum” at their rehearsal.
Photo by Steven Schnur

Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Theatre Department presents “The Colored Museum” written by George C. Wolfe directed by Alfred Preisser. “The Colored Museum” takes the audience on a journey through the Black American experience.

An unforgettable cast of characters brings George C. Wolfe’s “personal exorcism” of Black cultural myths to life through the humor, pain, and shockingly brutal honesty of Wolfe’s writing. This production of the 1986 work maintains it’s timelessness, while inserting elements of the current Black experience for a new audience all performed and interpreted by the Harlem School of the Arts theater students ages 13-18.

“The Colored Museum” will run on the weekends of Friday, April 24 – Sunday, May 3. Tickets can be purchased at:hsanyc.org/coloredmuseum2015. The show will take place on Harlem School of the Arts Theater stage, which is located at: Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, New York 10030.

“I chose this play to test the young company’s boundaries, also as a way to introduce them to a wealth of cultural and historical references,” states Alfred Preisser, artistic director, Harlem School of the Arts, who has just been named the first artistic director in Harlem School of the Art’s 50-year history, and “The Colored Museum” marks the first production at the school under his tenure. He adds, “This is our first show of 2015 and we have a rich cast of multi-talented youth who are in various departments at Harlem School of the Arts, audiences will be amazed by the technique and talent of these teens.”

The seminal American play also features the classis music of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and the Temptations; as well famous African American literary pieces.

The Colored Museum Show Details

Performance Dates:

• Friday April 24

7:00 p.m.

• Saturday April 25

3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

• Sunday April 26

3:00 p.m.

• Friday May 1

7:00 p.m.

• Saturday May 2

3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

• Sunday May 3

3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

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