A Free Man Of Color, The Public postpone's 2009 production of John Guare's comedy
The Public Theater has announced that A Free Man Of Color, the world premiere play by John Guare, which was to be scheduled for late winter, has been postponed due to a loss of significant individual funding and a few key donations brought on by the current economic climate.
The Public is still committed to producing this play and expects to be mounting it next season.
A Free Man Of Color re-creates the sexually progressive New Orleans of 1802 when the landscape of race was shifting and the Louisiana Purchase could complete Americaï¿½s unfinished maps. Featuring a host of historical characters including Napoleon, Josephine, Jefferson, Talleyrand and others (you name ï¿½em, theyï¿½re in it).
The production was to have been directed by George C. Wolfe.
ï¿½A Free Man Of Color is a great play that deserves a great production; artists like John Guare and George C. Wolfe are the best we have and should get the best,ï¿½ explained Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. ï¿½The current harsh economic climate means we cannot produce Free Man this season within The Publicï¿½s fiscal parameters. This is a tough and disappointing decision, but one we made with great thought and care, and one that will ensure The Publicï¿½s health and stability.ï¿½
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