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The Colored Museum

May 31 - Jun 21, 2025

a play by George C. Wolfe

directed by Johntrae Williams

a co-production of Open Stage and Sankofa African American Theatre Company

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May 31 - Jun 21, 2025

in the Capital Blue Cross Main Stage

a co-production of Open Stage and Sankofa African American Theatre Company

Evenings at 7:30pm: May 31, Jun 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21

Matinees at 3:00pm: Jun 1, 8, 15

Special Performances & Events:

  • Opening Night and Reception: Sat, May 31

  • Post-Performance Discussion: Sun, Jun 1, following the matinee

  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Thu, Jun 5 at 7:30pm (contact for best seating)

Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before the performance starts. There will be no late seating after the commencement of the performance to ensure the safety of our performers and patrons.

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Advanced tickets will be available to members of The Inner Circle.



A Satirical Journey Redefining Black American Culture

Step into "The Colored Museum," where bold satire meets provocative storytelling. Originally premiering in 1986, this groundbreaking show presents a series of 11 "exhibits" that challenge and redefine Black American culture. Playwright George C. Wolfe describes it as both "an exorcism and a party," electrifying, discomforting, and delighting audiences of all colors. From confronting stereotypes to celebrating resilience, each exhibit offers a unique perspective on what it means to be Black in contemporary America. With fearless humor and insightful commentary, "The Colored Museum" delivers a thought-provoking exploration of identity, history, and hope. Don't miss this innovative and seriously funny tour that shakes up perceptions and demands attention.

You’ll love The Colored Museum if you enjoy: "Black-ish," "Get Out," "Beloved"

Running time: 100m with no intermisison

Recommended for ages 16 and up

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100m with no intermisison



Content Advisory

Parents Strongly Cautioned

This show contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14.

See specific content warnings below.

This show contains the following:

strobe lighting effects

strong coarse language

loud or startling noise

theatrical fog effects



We want to show our appreciation to our top members of The Inner Circle:

Miles Babin, Dean and Wendy Badorf, Joanne and Troy Bakel, William and Sharia Benn, Barbara Cartwright, Michael Chapaloney, Jeff and Caitlin Copus, Carole DeSoto, Matt and Desiree DeSoto, The Freeman Family, William & Melissa Gallagher, Peggy Grove, Molly Haragan, Mary Lou and Raymond Harris, Nicholas Hughes, Robert and Joyce Kantor, Beryl Kuhr and Patrick Bair, Wayne and Gloria Landon, Bill and Beverlee Lehr, Karen and Ken Lehman, Dan MacGregor and Stuart Landon, Emily W. Matlin, DO, Tina Monroe, Howard Pollman and David Forney, Charles Romigh and Donald Vaughan, Karen Ruch, Brad and Colleen Sanders, Joseph Schalk and Kathleen Mullen, Kristin Scofield, Mary Simmonds MD, Ellen Stockstill, Stonebridge Financial Group, John and Abby Tierney, Jonathan Vipond III and Tim E. Bunner, Jeff and Deb Wasileski, Tonja Sue Weddle, Cynthia Wells

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