Street Theatre Company Stages THE COLORED MUSEUM, Now thru 6/30

George C.Wolfe's THE COLORED MUSEUM is a satirical play that gives new meaning and perspective on being black in contemporary America. The play consists of eleven "exhibits" that re-explore and undermine stereotypes of what it means to be black. The play tackles issues such as oppression, stereotypes, and self-identity with a satirical twist, and examines the strong desire and struggle for African Americans to release centuries of oppression.

Although the play is generally light-hearted and farcical, and contains a great deal of jazz-and-blues influenced music and a spattering of dance, its underlying themes are intended as a valuable reminder of the struggle for equality and recognition that African-Americans have experienced throughout their history. Director Jon Royal says, "Wolfe has created a museum filled with pieces that trace the African American experience from slavery into the twentieth century. Like many things that find themselves in museums, these exhibits have become somewhat distorted, and distanced from their origins."

THE COLORED MUSEUM is directed by Jon Royal, with musical direction by Rollie Mains and choreography by Nomalanga Eniafe. The cast features a cast of thirteen actors including Shawn Whitsell, Tamiko Robinson, Lauren Jones, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, and many more talents from the Nashville area. Street Theatre Company is supported by Metro Nashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission.

THE COLORED MUSEUM runs tonight, June 14 through 30. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors, and group rates are available. For specific show information and to purchase tickets, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org. Performances are at Street Theatre, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, just off the Briley Parkway. For more information, call 615-554-7414.

Street Theatre Company is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering professional, affordable and accessible theatre, music and arts education in Nashville. Founded in 2004, the organization produces high quality performances and educational workshops, and provides artistic opportunities for young people. For more information, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org.

Pictured: (Top, l to r): Shawn Whitsell , Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, Don Daniels, Chalana Pitts; (Middle, l to r): Fiona Soul, Lauren Jones, Nikkita Staggs; (Bottom, l to r): Tamiko Robinson, Nae Callihan, LaTorious Givens. Photo Credit: Christopher Bosen.

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