Lincoln Center Theater


Video excerpts from A FREE MAN OF COLOR

A FREE MAN OF COLOR production photos

A FREE MAN OF COLOR costume sketches

Renderings by Costume Designer Ann Hould-Ward

Running Time

2 hours and 45 minutes (with a 15 minute intermission)

Lincoln Center Theater presented the world premiere of John Guare's new play A FREE MAN OF COLOR, directed by George C. Wolfe, in the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

"Greetings, Free Men!" Just in time for the holidays...

John Guare, 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 32 -- 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.

George C. Wolfe made his LCT debut directing A FREE MAN OF COLOR. Mr. Wolfe won Tony Awards for directing Angels in America and for Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. He also directed, among others, Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline or Change and Elaine Stritch at Liberty.