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Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

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Ended 9 Jan 2011 after 2 months

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A FREE MAN OF COLOR is a freewheeling epic set in 1802 New Orleans.

Closed 9 Jan 2011

John Guare is back at Lincoln Center Theater. The celebrated playwright of Six Degrees of Separation, Chaucer in Rome, and The House of Blue Leaves has written a new play that is by turns astonishing, raucous and panoramic. A comedy of grand scale - with a cast of 33 - made to order for the Beaumont Stage.

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.

Previews from October 23rd 2010
Opening night November 18th 2010
Closes: 9th January 2011

Audience: A Free Man of Color is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time: tba

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Matinee - - - 2:00 - 2:00 -
Evening 7:30 7:00 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 -

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Opening night: 21 October 2010

Closing night: 9 January 2011

What You Say

13 reviews, average rating: (2.2 Stars)

Karine Mellenz: “Finally A Play That Doesn't Insult My Intelligence”

Forget the Broadway fast food shows. This is the good stuff. It's theater a... more

Philip B. Spivey: “A Restoration Comedy That Morphs Into Tragedy”

I saw the matinee of Free Man yesterday and like sugar plums, the costumes,... more

Ruthgee: “A Wonderful Way To Learn The History Of New Orleans”

I saw the play yesterday and thought it like a Restoration Play. The actin... more

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