The Colored Museum Humanities Forum & Boston Globe Insiders Night

3/22/2015 Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre

Join Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker and Glenda R. Carpio, Harvard professor and author of Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery for a lively conversation about black humor and dark satire following the 2pm performance. Humanities Forums are presented in conjunction with all Huntington productions. A Boston Globe Insiders event – tickets to the 3/22 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers who use the discount code.

Adrian Walker is a columnist for the Metro section of The Boston Globe. He provides commentary and opinion on local and regional news as well as society and culture. Mr. Walker started as a Metro columnist in 1998, and his column appears Mondays and Fridays.

Glenda R. Carpio is a professor of African and African-American studies and English at Harvard University. Her book Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery was published by Oxford University Press. She is currently working on a book on immigration in post 1945 American literature. Professor Carpio recently co-edited African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges with Professor Werner Sollors. She started her teaching career in Compton, California where she taught 8th grade English and 4th grade through the Teach for America program. She recently received Harvard University's Abramson Award for Excellence and Sensitivity in Undergraduate Teaching. Professor Carpio received her PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her BA was earned at Vassar College. 




The Colored Museum presents 11 hilarious “exhibits” of African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking comedy has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, skewering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be black in contemporary America. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter, it features a wonderful cast with terrific music and dancing, and is a great night out at the theatre.

Approximate run time: 1 hour, 45 minutes with no intermission.

"George Wolfe's sketches of black American life are both startling and hilarious. The play was ahead of its time in 1987 and is now ripe for a major revival. I'm thrilled that the incredible Billy Porter, fresh from his Tony Award-winning performance in Kinky Boots on Broadway, will direct. Bringing these two brilliant American theatre artists together is a dream."— Peter DuBois
"The Colored Museum came into my life at a very formative time. I was a teenager longing for more than just one type of 'Black' representation in the creative storytelling landscape. George Wolfe's unique and irreverent voice of inclusion ignited the fire of possibility inside of me and set me on a creative journey that included stretching myself beyond what, up until then, I thought was possible for a little black gay boy from the ghetto. I am forever grateful."— Billy Porter

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