Photo Coverage: A FREE MAN OF COLOR Opening Night!
The Lincoln Center Theater production of John Guare's new play, A FREE MAN OF COLOR, directed by George C. Wolfe, opened last night Thursday, November 18 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The cast features Yao Ababio, Peter Bartlett, Nicole Beharie, Arnie Burton, Rosal Colón,Veanne Cox, Paul Dano, Sara Gettelfinger, Derric Harris, Justina Machado, Joseph Marcell, John McMartin, Nick Mennell, Mos, Teyonnah Parris, Postell Pringle, Esau Pritchett, Brian Reddy, Reg Rogers, Triney Sandoval, Robert Stanton, Wendy Rich Stetson, Jerome Stigler, Senfaub Stoney,David Emerson Toney and Jeffrey Wright.
A FREE MAN OF COLOR is a freewheeling epic set in 1801 New Orleans. Jacques Cornet, the title character (played by Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright), 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.
A FREE MAN OF COLOR has sets by David Rockwell, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, sound by Scott Stauffer, original music by Jeanine Tesori and choreography by Hope Clarke.
A FREE MAN OF COLOR marks John Guare's return to Lincoln Center Theater where his plays The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Four Baboons Adoring The Sun (all three nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play) and Chaucer in Rome, were produced. His other plays include Rich and Famous, Landscape of the Body, Marco Polo Sings A Solo, Bosoms and Neglect, Lydie Breeze, Women and Water, A Few Stout Individuals and His Girl Friday. He won a Tony Award for the book of the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona and also wrote the book for the musical Sweet Smell of Success.
Director George C. Wolfe makes his LCT debut with this production. Former Producer of The Public Theater, his Broadway directorial credits include Caroline or Change, Topdog/Underdog, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, The Tempest, On the Town, The Wild Party, Jelly's Last Jam and Angels in America. His film credits include Lackawanna Blues and Nights in Rodanthe.
A FREE MAN OF COLOR is sponsored by The National Actors Theatre Foundation. This play is also a recipient of an "Edgerton Foundation New American Plays" award. The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust provides generous support for new American plays at LCT.
The regular performance schedule is Tuesday evenings at 7 pm , Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Exceptions to that schedule are: Tuesday evening, Nov. 16 is at 8 pm; there is no performance on Thursday, Nov. 25, and there is an added matinee on Friday, Nov. 26 at 2 pm. Tickets priced at $70 to $115 are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, by calling Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200 or on-line by visiting www.lct.org.
Photo Credit: Monica Simoes
Esau Pritchett & wife
Sweet Honey in the Rock
S. Epatha Merkerson & Malachi Weir
Lynn Whitfield & guest