A Freeman of Color reschedules first preview

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that in order to give the creative team additional technical stage time it has rescheduled the first performance of John Guare's new play A Free Man of Color.

Previews, originally scheduled to begin on 21 Oct 2010, will now begin on 23 Oct at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Opening night for the musical will remain 18 Nov 2010, and will still run through to 9 Jan 2011 as originally announced.

A Free Man of Color is set in the boisterous New Orleans culture that existed just prior to the historic Louisiana Purchase. Before law and order took hold. Before class, racial and political lines were drawn. When New Orleans was still a parade of beautiful women and good-looking men, flowing wine and pleasure for the taking.

At the center of this Dionysian world is Jacques Cornet (Jeffrey Wright), who commands the men, seduces the women, preens like a peacock and cuts a wide swath through the city and the province. But, it is 1801 and the map of New Orleans is about to be redrawn. The Louisiana Purchase will bring American rule to New Orleans, challenging the chaotic, colorful world of Jacques Cornet and all that he represents.

The cast stars Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Jeffrey Wright, and will also feature Peter Bartlett, Nicole Beharie, Arnie Burton, Rosal Colon, Veanne Cox, Paul Dano, Sara Gettelfinger, Joseph Marcell, Nick Mennell, mos, Teyonnah Parris, Brian Reddy, Reg Rogers, Triney Sandoval, Robert Stanton, Wendy Rich Stetson and David Emerson Toney.

A Free Man of Color has sets by David Rockwell, costumes by Ann Hould- Ward, lighting by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, sound by Scott Stauffer, original music by Jeanine Tesori and choreography by Hope Clarke.

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