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A Free Man of Color

A Free Man of Color

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  • A Free Man of Color Broadway was written by John Guare and directed by George C. Wolfe.
  • The award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright plays the lead role Jacques Cornet.
  • A Free Man of Color NYC features nearly 30 actors playing 46 different characters.

Show Info

Show Dates:
Nov. 2010- Jan. 9 2011

Lincoln Center Theater
150 West 65th Street
New York, New York 10023
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A Free Man of Color

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Epic Tale of Racism, Wealth and Power in Early 19th-Century New Orleans.

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Upper West Side

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Features: An epic new Broadway show that spans three different countries, and features nearly 30 actors playing 45 different characters, A Free Man of Color takes place in New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century. Following the story of Jacques Cornet - a wealthy playboy who is the son of a white slave owner and a black slave - A Man of Free Color Broadway is a period piece that combines drama and comedy to describe the struggle of Cornet after the historic Louisiana Purchase brings American racism to the Cajun Country.

Why We Go: A Free Man of Color NY features a sleek set design by David Rockwell, and beautifully realistic 19th century costumes. Also, the ensemble cast includes recognizable actors like Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano, and rapper Mos Def.

  • Broadway Period Piece: Take in the beautiful costumes and classic scenery of thr epic Broadway period piece, A Free Man of Color NY.
  • Story: Penned by the famous playwright John Guare, A Free Man of Color NYC is an epic that story uses comedy as well as dramatic elements to detail a New Orleans history many of us are unfamiliar with.

Inside Knowledge: With 45 different characters, and actors playing two or even three characters at once, you'll want to pay close attention to A Free Man of Color Broadway, or run the risk of getting seriously lost.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Pay Close Attention: This thickly-layered NY play about race, wealth and power in the 19th century brings a lot to the table, and if you don't keep up it will leave you behind in a hurry.
  • Do Take Advantage of the Intermission: A Free Man of Color Broadwayruns nearly three hours long - you'll want to take advantage of the rest room during the intermission of this epic Broadway play.
  • Don't Bring the Kids: Not only is A Free Man of Color NYC inappropriate for kids, but they will largely have no idea what is going on given the challenging dialogue and vast array of characters. A Free Man of Color is an adults-only Broadway show.
  • Don't Back Down From a Challenge: Some of the best plays on Broadway challenge the audience to interpret and question the art of theater. A Free Man of Color Broadways asks a lot of its audience, but also delivers a lot in return.

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