The Colored Museum Promises to Entertain and Surprise

February 22, 2011

The Black History Month celebration at Mary Baldwin University continues February 25 with the performance of The Colored Museum by the Kuumba Players.

Published by George C. Wolfe in 1988, The Colored Museum takes place in a museum that is designed to illuminate African-American life in the United States during the 1980s through a series of self-contained exhibits. The play tackles issues such as oppression, stereotypes, and self identity with a satirical twist, and examines the strong desire and struggle for African Americans to release centuries of oppression.

“The play reminds us of the past and how far we have come as black people,” said director Tanesha Jones ’13. “It’s a reminder to us to never forget our past, because we have no future if we do.”

The performance will feature the Mary Baldwin University Kuumba Players, a theatre troupe dedicated to exploring African-American stories. Although the Kuumba Players cast is usually comprised of current students, this production includes a special cameo appearance by Tonquise Jabari, ’03, the first director of the theatre troupe.

Kuumba Players

“As a founding director of an Mary Baldwin group, I want to ensure that the torch is passed, that the new directors have a support system in place, and that they also understand the history and the reason why what they are doing is so much bigger than directing plays,” Jabari said.

Students, faculty, and friends of Mary Baldwin are invited to come and witness the hard work that the Kuumba Players have put into this project.

“Expect the unexpected,” Jabari warned. “This play is filled with some wacky characters that will make you laugh, cry, but most of all, think.”

The Colored Museum begins at 8 p.m. in the Fletcher Collins Theater at Deming Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $5 at the door but are available in advance in the lobby of Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall for $3.