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“The Colored Museum” as interactive theater July 15 in Kalamazoo

Preview June 26, 2016 Encore Staff

Kalamazoo—As part of the 2016 Black Arts Festival, the Black Arts & Cultural Center’s Face Off Theatre Company and Truth Tone Records will present a collaborative arts experience on July 15 at 7:00 p.m. The production will be an interactive and immersive theatrical experience of The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe in the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo.

The Colored Museum arts exhibition will be performing one night only on Friday, July 15. Ticket information: $20 general admission, $15 students/seniors, $12 BACC members, $10 youth under age 12. Location: Epic Center, 2nd Floor, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

Check Blackartskalamazoo.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Colored Museum depicts 11 “exhibits” of African­American culture from the depths of the celebrity slave ship to the spinning heights of Harlem. George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking drama is hilarious and discomforting, skewering stereotypes and exploring what it means to be black in contemporary America. Many say the play was the precursor to the popular 90s show In Living Color. Audience members will be led through a tour of the “exhibits” by a tour guide and in between each tour they will be able to enjoy live music and poetry by Kalamazoo’s own Truth Tone Records, as well as, wine and hors d’ oeuvres.

The production will be directed by a team of Face Off company members: Marissa Harrington, Tanisha Pyron, Bianca Washington, and new company member, Samara Woolfolk.  The cast is comprised of myriad of talented local actors, including Ed Hodges (BACC’s The Piano LessonOf Mice and Men), Ron Ware (BACC’S Of Mice and Men), founding company member Janai Travis (BACC’s For Colored Girls, FOTC’S Chain), as well as, a host of extremely talented WMU Theatre graduates and current students. The poetry and music showcase will be hosted by Truth Tone Record’s Kevin Lavendar, Jr and feature various local musicians and poets.

This show will launch Face Off Theatre Company’s second season and is a part of the Black Arts and Cultural Center’s Black Arts Festival, an annual weeklong event dedicated to presenting various forms of visual and performance art created by local black artists. Face Off Theatre’s inaugural season was kicked off at last year’s Black Arts Festival with the dynamic Been Lovin’ You: An Exploration in Black Love through August Wilson and was followed by the harrowing one ­woman show Chain. Their third production The Mountaintop was a critical success with a full house its entire run and they ended their season with the powerful youth show Home on the Mornin’ Train.

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