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Press Release

Barbara Laskin

Macalester College Theater and Dance Department Presents
“The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe
September 26, 27, 28, and October 2, 3, 4

Colored Museum

St. Paul, Minn. - Macalester College Theater and Dance Department presents “The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.  Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups.  Performances are Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., Sept. 27 and Oct. 3-4 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Sept. 28. “The Colored Museum” is directed by Theater and Dance professor Harry Waters, Jr. For tickets, call 651-696-6359.

Written in 1985, “The Colored Museum” is a satirical and biting look at the icons of Black life, shared with the Macalester community, to critique and celebrate a specific cultural history.  The audience will discover the unique stories of the African American experience, re-examined in an actual tour of the “village” gallery through a museum of humor, pathos, song, and performance as the play puts the Black struggle in contemporary perspective.  In conjunction with the play, the Macalester College Art Department is presenting “Beyond the Colored Museum,” a gallery featuring works by 16 local African American artists.  

Harry Waters Jr. currently teaches Acting I and II and Directing I and II in the Theater and Dance department as well as courses in African American Theater, Community Based Theater and Hip Hop Performance. This production is the fourth show he’s directed at Macalester in addition to his acting work in the Twin Cities theater community on the stages of the Guthrie, Penumbra, Mixed Blood and Ten Thousand Things Theater Co.  He’s also excited about the community dialogue facilitation he’s been doing in the Somali, Latino and Native communities around storytelling and myths.

Next year, Waters will be developing an original theater piece based on the writer, James Baldwin.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,872 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.