Swine Palace Cancels Preview Performances of “A Free Man of Color”; Opening Performance Scheduled for Sept. 21
BATON ROUGE – Due to the threats and delay of Hurricane Isaac, Swine Palace has chosen to cancel the two preview performances of its upcoming production, “A Free Man of Color.” These include the Sept. 19 Pay-What-You-Can performance and the Sept. 20 Sneak Preview.
The opening performance of “A Free Man of Color” will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Claude L. Shaver Theater – located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building – with special introduction by Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and LSU Provost Stuart Bell.
Directed by Paul Russell, “A Free Man of Color” is an epic comedy of grand scale, featuring a cast of 32 actors. It is also a play that is astonishing, raucous and panoramic, 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; and 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, a swashbuckling entrepreneur who commands the men, seduces the women, preens like a peacock and cuts a wide swath through the city and the province. 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 and colorful world of Jacques Cornet and all that he represents. Playing the role of Coronet will be professional actor and master teaching artist and consultant Alvin Keith.
“A Free Man of Color” was first presented in its world premiere by Lincoln Center Theatre in New York, directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Jeffrey Wright and rapper/actor Mos Def. Swine Palace’s production will be the sole location for the play outside of New York.
Regular performances of “A Free Man of Color” will be held Sept. 22 and Sept. 25-28. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 23 and Sept. 30. All performances will be held in the Claude L. Shaver Theater.
Tickets range from $15 to $28, and can be obtained from the LSU Box Office by calling 225-578-3527 or by visiting www.swinepalace.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the following box office locations: LSU Union Theatre; Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive; and Reilly Theatre, located on Tower Drive. On performance nights, tickets will also be on sale at the Music & Dramatic Arts Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
MEDIA NOTE: Media are invited to attend the Sept. 21 opening night production of “A Free Man of Color” and record the curtain speeches, as well as interview both Dardenne and Bell prior to speeches at 6:45 p.m. Media wishing to attend can RSVP their intentions to Jacquelyn Craddock w/Swine Palace at firstname.lastname@example.org.