PHOTO CALL: John Guare's Epic A Free Man of Color, Starring Jeffrey Wright, Opens on Broadway
By Irina Khodorkovsky
Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare's A Free Man of Color, the world-premiere, globe-spanning work set in New Orleans, Haiti and France at the turn of the 19th century, officially opened on Broadway Nov. 18 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe (Angels in America; Caroline, or Change) stages the sprawling production that is centered in New Orleans following the Haitian slave revolts, when its large population of Free People of Color (or the "Gens de Couleur Libres") inhabited a city that was more European than American in the early 17th century.
The Lincoln Center Theater production began previews Oct. 23 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 9, 2011.
Here is a look at the opening night:
According to LCT, "A Free Man of Color is a freewheeling epic set in 1801 New Orleans. Jacques Cornet, the title character, is a new world Don Juan and the wealthiest inhabitant of this sexually charged and racially progressive city. Jacques thinks all is well in his paradise until history intervenes, setting off a chain of events which no one, much less this free man of color, realizes is about to splinter the world."
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