John Guare's A Free Man of Color


Friday, December 03, 2010

John Guare's new play A Free Man of Color is set in New Orleans on the eve of the Louisiana Purchase. In the play, a wealthy freed slave is the toast of the town, enjoying life to the fullest — until history turns against him. Guare captures this moment in an epic farce, telling Kurt, "The image to me is so ridiculous, crazy, ominous and curious that it had to be comic."

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scott barton from HARLEM

I am not sure if its too late to ask this, but I just heard a rebroadcast of this episode and am curious to ask playwright John Guare about the role of women in the play. Generally, I enjoyed the play; although I felt that the female characters were not very fully drawn, some were quite vapid. The redemption that may have been evidenced by the scientist or Josephine as a more evolved woman always denigrated to a sex joke about the Big Black P-nis of Wright's character. The addition of the phallus on Napoleon, etc derided some of the depth of the play to me. At that time, I would have felt that more engaging women existed. Comments?

Dec. 11 2010 04:14 PM

So jealous of those who get to see this show. The premise is amazing *and* it has Jeffrey Wright and Mos, both geniuses.

Dec. 05 2010 07:52 PM

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