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Theatre Class Production to Examine 1980s Black America Stereotypes

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 George C. Wolfe's controversial play "The Colored Museum" is a series of 11 vignettes.
 The play will run April 13-15 at 8 p.m. in Winthrop's Rutledge Gallery.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop students will explore art as social commentary with the production of George C. Wolfe's "The Colored Museum," a series of 11 vignettes that will run April 13-15 in the Winthrop University Rutledge Gallery at 8 p.m. nightly. Wolfe's controversial play offers a funny, complex, thoughtful journey through 1980s Black America stereotypes.

During the spring 2009 semester, 22 Winthrop students have worked on the play in a class called “Art as Social Commentary.” Under the leadership of Department of Theatre Professor Annie-Laurie Wheat, the class has explored satire as a means of communication. The diverse group of students -- who come from all over campus and represent numerous majors — have collaborated to share their passion for "The Colored Museum." The vignettes are student-directed, student-performed and student-designed.  

The students have created many colorful characters who all share a message about the African-American experience, from the snap queen Miss Roj to the sweet and sassy wigs Lawanda and Janine, Aunt Ethel and her down-home cookin' show, a soldier with a secret and Topsy Washington, who dances to the music of her own madness.   

The class will perform "The Colored Museum" on Tuesday, April 7, at Clinton Junior College before the play's April 13-15 run at Winthrop. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. Seating is limited.

For more information, contact Wheat at 803/323-2397.

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