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A Free Man of Color

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Vivian Beaumont Theater

150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

3 hrs.
1 Intermission
Important Dates
On Sale
Sep 13, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
Jan 09, 2011
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What is the story of A Free Man of Color?
An epic retelling of the story of the Louisiana Purchase and how it affected the people of New Orleans at the dawn on the 19th century, A Free Man of Color centers on Jacques Cornet, the son of a wealthy Caucasian father and a mother who was his slave. This title character has increased his father’s fortune and set himself up as a dandified Don Juan, living high with the help of his own wisecracking slave, Murmur, much to the dismay of his Caucasian half-brother, who has been disinherited. Surrounding this storyline are historical characters including President Thomas Jefferson and his aide, Meriwether Lewis; Napoleon and Josephine; and the Haitian leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, who petitions the American government for help fighting the French. Can Jacques survive a change in power in the hedonistic city he loves?