Sunday, January 31, 2021

Crossroads Celebrates Black History Month With Streamed Encore Performance of George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum 


The Colored Museum
 

WHEN: February 2 – 28, 2021
WHERE: streamed via the Home With Crossroads virtual platform accessible from the Crossroads website www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org.
TICKETS: free

The Colored Museum is being streamed as part of Crossroads Theatre Company’s commemorative programming celebrating Black History Month. The play, written by Crossroads’ alumni and famed Broadway director George C. Wolfe premiered at the theatre in 1986. It was first directed by Crossroads Co-Founder L. Kenneth Richardson. 

            The Colored Museum is a play that features 11 insightful, edgy and comedic “exhibits” of African-American history, experience and culture; themes that are as relevant today as when they were originally written and performed. The play was considered groundbreaking comedy that painted an in your face picture of what it’s like to be Black in America. When the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) offered Crossroads the opportunity to choose one of its productions to record for WNET’s Great Performances series, it selected The Colored Museum.

 “For more than four decades, Crossroads Theatre Company has been the place where stories are told, unapologetically and unfettered, said Anthony Carter, President of Crossroads Board of Trustees. “The encore performance of this very important play celebrates our history as a theatre and perfectly aligns with the theme of our season today, Stages of Change,” Carter added.

George C. Wolfe is an award-wining playwright and director who is a leader in American theatre, as well as on screen.  His most recent work as a director was on August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featuring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman. 

Race, culture, history and identity have unabashedly showed up in Wolfe’s writings and those themes are very relevant to today. “Thirty-five years later, this brilliant, razor-sharp satire has earned itself an unshakeable place in the canon of Great American Theater, and is still being produced across America and throughout the world,” said Ricardo Khan, Crossroads Co-Founder.

All programs have been available free of charge. The program is sponsored by Zendesk, Inc., a Silicon Valley company known for its innovative customer relationship management software platforms. 

About Crossroads Theatre 

The 1999 Tony® Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company (CTC), now a resident member of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), is dedicated to creating and producing work that tells the stories of African Americans. In its 42nd year being a preeminent gateway for black theatre, it has been the stage for many actors, directors, designers, writers and other theatre professional, Crossroads has built a rich and storied legacy, celebrating the culture, history, spirit and voices of the African Diaspora. www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org 

 

About the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) 

NBPAC has propelled New Brunswick’s Downtown Cultural Arts District into the spotlight as the region’s most exciting and dynamic performing arts center. NBPAC features two state-of-the-art theatrical venues in the Elizabeth Ross Johnson and Arthur Laurents Theaters, dedicated rehearsal studios and collaborative work spaces for arts organizations across the region. www.nbpac.org 

 

About  Zendesk 

Zendesk is a service-first CRM company that builds support, sales, and customer engagement software designed to foster better customer relationships. Zendesk serves more than 160,000 customers across a multitude of industries in over 30 languages. Zendesk is headquartered in San Francisco, and operates offices worldwide. Learn more at www.zendesk.com