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The Colored Museum Slam Poetry Night

2/20/2015 Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston’s Beacon Hill
7:30pm

Join the Huntington Theatre Company and the Museum of African American History for a poetry slam in honor of the Huntington’s upcoming production of The Colored Museum. See the Northeast’s best college poets compete for a grand prize and the title of MAAH Poetry Slam Champion! Some members of the cast of The Colored Museum will serve as judges for the competition. FREE and open to the public. Come early to get a good seat!

By car: Validated parking available at Charles River Garage (lower level), located at 209 Cambridge Street, Boston.

By MBTA: Take the Red or Green Line to Park Street. Walk up Park toward the State House (gold dome) to Beacon Street. Turn left onto Beacon and right onto Joy Street. 

 

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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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