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The Colored Museum 11/03/08 Written by George C. Wolfe o Representation of the Black Community o Wanted to deliberately bust out of “Black” category o Is this challenge faced by all minority playwrights? We never think that one white playwright represents the entire race, where  a black playwright does Link to other plays, where we are looking at a playwright who is looking at  their own society (social problem play) Complicated nature of comedy – farce/satirical Issue is not funny, but is made humorous What makes this play different from the previous plays we have read o Multiple set of plays (different characters, plots, etc.) o Addressing our history through the lens of the present Why is the name of the play “The Colored Museum” o Life experiences color what we see o Each of the scenes are like an exhibit that come to life Images of slavery (rapidly flashed before audience – start off play) 
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The Colored Museum 11/05/08 Svengali  – the character Lala saw the man (Flo’rance) as her Svengali, for he  introduced her to fame Multiple Casting – characters are reused (play multiple roles) What impact does an ensemble of 5 playing all the characters have? o Provides a sense of familiarity to the audience o One actor playing multiple characters says that “We are all of this”  o If you have one actor per role, then we get that sense of realism, but this  technique reminds us that this is theater (keeps a distance) o At the end, you have all 5 actors playing 5 characters (Topsy, Lala, Miss Roj,  The Man, and Miss Pat) o What is the significance of the Girl not being one of the 5 actors but instead a  unique character (in closet of Lala’s scene)? Wants that moment to be different (breaking framework) Madness – double identity (how to be an oppressed minority) You do not see the real, instead you see a mask/shield Technical Design: o Set/Stage Stage is a revolving platform (stage moves exhibits into view) Actors do not make exits/entrances – revolved on/off stage o
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