The Colored Museum

Fall 2016
Experimental Production
George C Wolfe
Date of run: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 8:00pm to Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
Iseman Theatre See map
1156 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511
The Colored Museum is an experimental play that straddles various versions of reality while navigating what it means to be Black in America. In a society bursting with the shadows of violence and systematic inequality, The Colored Museum satirizes what it means to exist in a country and a world that is constantly reeling from the politics of identity. Consisting of eleven “exhibits” or “sketches” this play rebuts understandings of culture or ethnicity that are monolithic or existent within vacuums. Through the use of humor, monologue and the construction of fantastical alternative realities, the play makes room for joy, laughter, and a piercing pain. It allows for these entities to function and operate in tandem and it navigates identity in a way that is aware of the nature of oppressive systems. From Miss Pat, who is the flight attendant on “Celebrity Slave Ship” to Miss Roj, a “snap queen” who rejects the limitations of respectability politics, the play inverts the silencing of the individual by placing each narrative/exhibit on center stage. Through specific glimpses of characters, we are given a larger story of freedom. The play incorporates music as a fundamental entity and positions it as a centerpiece in the conversations it raises regarding culture and identity. It tells the story of a community of individuals fighting to find their identity. It tells the story of a community fighting to come to terms with both history and the present. It tells a story about seeking definitions of freedom. 

Alexis Payne
Declan Kunkel
Erica Wachs
Stage Manager: 
Gabi Coloma
Lighting Designer: 
Sara Speller
Set Designer: 
Adam Lessing
Sound Designer: 
Danielle Lotridge
Costume Designer: 
Cara Washington
Graphic Designer: 
Lining Wang
Master Electrician: 
Sara Harris
Member & Role: 
Assistant Stage Manager - Nia Berrian
Yuni Chang