The Colored Museum
By: George C. WOlfe
February 21, 22, 23, 28, 29
& March 1
The Colored Museum is a 1986 play by African-American playwright George C. Wolfe. Serving as an elaborate satire of the prominent themes and identities of African-American culture, the play is set in a fictional museum where African-American figures are kept for public consumption. Told in a series of eleven sketches, each segment centers on a different “exhibit” in the museum. Exploring themes of racism, stereotypes, intra-community conflicts in black culture, and the ongoing legacy of slavery and segregation, The Colored Museum received overwhelming critical praise for its provocative subject matter and in-depth exploration of the African-American theatrical and cultural past.
Our 2020 Season
The Colored Museum
In a series of 11 “exhibits” (sketches), the review explores and satires prominent themes and identities of African-American culture.
February 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & March 1
Long Days Journey Into Night
Written by Eugene O’Neil, this Tony Award winning play revolves around the Tyrone family, consisting of parents James and Mary and their sons Edmund and Jamie. Mary is addicted to morphine and Edmund is ill with tuberculosis. The “Long Day” refers to the setting of the play, which takes place during one day.
February 15 & 16
April 24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, 3
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.
March 21 & 22
June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare. Falstaff decides to fix his financial woe by seducing the wives of two wealthy merchants. The wives find he sent them identical letters and take revenge by playing tricks on Falstaff when he comes calling. With the help of their husbands and friends, the wives play one last trick in the woods to put Falstaff’s mischief to an end.
June 27 & 28
Aug. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22.
Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance. The book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and music is by George Stiles (of the British songwriting duo Stiles and Drewe). The musical is set in the countryside and features Ugly – a cygnet who is mistaken as an ugly duckling upon falling into his mother’s nest and is rejected by everyone but Ida (his mother), a sly tomcat who only befriends him out of hunger, and several other barnyard characters.
August 1 & 2
Sept. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
Vintage Hitchcock: A Radio Play
With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.
September 12 & 13
Oct. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.
October 10 & 11
Dec. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20.
Long Day’s Journey into Night is a drama in four acts written by American playwright Eugene O’Neill in 1941–42, first published in 1956. The play is widely considered to be his magnum opus and one of the finest American plays of the 20th century. It premiered in Sweden in February 1956 and then opened on Broadway in November 1956, winning the Tony Award for Best Play.
O’Neill posthumously received the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Long Day’s Journey into Night. The work concerns the Tyrone family, consisting of parents James and Mary and their sons Edmund and Jamie. Mary is addicted to morphine and Edmund is ill with tuberculosis . The “Long Day” refers to the setting of the play, which takes place during one day from around 8:30 a.m. to midnight. The setting is the seaside Connecticut home of the Tyrones’ Monte Cristo Cottage . The four main characters are the semi-autobiographical representations of O’Neill himself, his older brother, and their parents.
This play portrays a family in a ferociously negative light as the parents and two sons express accusations, blame, and resentments—qualities that are often paired with pathetic and self-defeating attempts at affection, encouragement, tenderness, and yearnings for things to be otherwise. The pain of this family is made worse by their depth of self-understanding and self-analysis, combined with a brutal honesty, as they see it, and an ability to boldly express themselves. The story deals with the mother’s addiction to morphine, the family’s addiction to whiskey, the father’s miserliness , the older brother’s licentiousness, and younger brother’s illness.