The Colored Museum

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JULY 3, 2024

BY GEORGE C. WOLFE
LOCATION VICTOR SHARGAI THEATRE
DIRECTED BY PSALMAYENE 24

The Colored Museum is a provocative and seriously funny tour of eleven “exhibits”—toxic narratives about Black American experiences. From confrontational to aspirational, morbid to triumphant, Wolfe’s satiric sketches target America’s most pernicious stereotypes of Black culture, looking to retire outdated exhibits and make room for the future. This innovative environmental production immerses the audience in George Wolfe’s 1986 classic about the grief, madness, and hope of Black life. This production will be a one-of-kind collaboration between two members of the Studio Theatre Cabinet: Director Psalmayene 24 (Pass Over, Good Bones) and designer Natsu Onoda Power (Vietgone, Astro Boy). 

SHOW INFORMATION

Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes.

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Environment Warnings: This production of The Colored Museum includes sudden loud noises, including simulated gunshots and explosions; a strobe lighting effect; and theatrical haze.

The Colored Museum is generously underwritten by Susan & Dixon Butler with additional support from Craig Pascal.

This project is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Calendar

The Artists

Cast

U/S WOMAN 1

Tymetrias L. Bolden

U/S WOMAN 2

Madison Norwood

U/S WOMAN 3

Sophia Early

U/S Man 1/Man 2

Henian Boone

Production Team

ENVIRONMENTAL DESGINER

Natsu Onoda Power

Natsu Onoda Power (she/her) specializes in adaptation of texts into new works of visual theater, but she also directs plays and designs sets. Studio credits include Astro Boy and the God of Comics (writer/ director), Vietgone (director), and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (director). Favorite set design credits include Postcards from Ihatov at 1st Stage (also adaptation/direction), The Lathe of Heaven at Spooky Action Theater (also adaptation/direction), Dear Mapel at Mosaic Theater Company (also director), and Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage. Natsu holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is the author of God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post World War II Manga (The University Press of Mississippi, 2009). She is a member of the Studio Cabinet. 

COSTUME DESIGNER

Moyenda Kulemeka

Moyenda Kulemeka (Costume Designer) has worked at Studio Theatre previously on Good Bones and John Proctor is the Villain. Regionally, she has worked on Tiny Beautiful Things at Baltimore Center Stage; Selling Kabul, Daphne’s Dive, and Detroit ‘67 at Signature Theatre; Jump at Everyman Theatre; Radio Golf at Round House Theatre; Gloria: A Life and Intimate Apparel at Theater J; Dance Nation at Olney Theatre Center; Bars and Measures, In His Hands, Marys Seacole, and Fabulation, Or The Re-Education Of Undine at Mosaic Theater; Mlima’s Tale, The Phlebotomist and The Brothers Size at 1st Stage; A Chorus Within Her at Theater Alliance; Cinderella at Synetic Theater; La Tía Julia Y El Escribidor, Exquisita Agonía, and En el Tiempo de las Mariposas at GALA Hispanic Theatre. She received her B.A. at the University of Maryland and is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, IATSE. 

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Jesse Belsky

Jesse Belsky previously designed John Proctor is the Villain, Until the Flood, Pipeline, P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, The Remains, The Effect, Three Sisters, No Sisters, and Animal and co-designed White Noise at Studio. Regional credits include Lydia and Rough Crossing at Yale Rep and The Year of Magical Thinking at PlayMakers Repertory Company. Other DC designs include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Ford’s Theatre; JQA and The Year of Magical Thinking at Arena Stage; Oslo and The Book of Will at Round House Theatre; Penelope, The Bridges of Madison County, and Sweeney Todd at Signature Theatre; Henry IV, Part 1, The Winter’s Tale, and Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre; and The Music Man, Labour of Love, and The Magic Play at Olney Theatre Center. Jesse holds a B.A. from Duke University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He has taught lighting design at Connecticut College and UNC Greensboro. jessebelsky.com 

SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSITION

Matthew M. Nielson

Matthew M. Nielson returns to Studio, where his design and composition credits include Hand to God, Clyde’s, The Remains, MotherStruck, The Real Thing, and Venus in Fur. Other area credits include Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Contemporary American Theater Festival, and The Smithsonian. Off Broadway credits include The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, and 59E59 Theaters. Regional credits include Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Barrington Stage Company. Film credits include Those Who Wait, Elbow Grease, and From Hell to Here, with TV/commercial credits including The Hero Effect on OWN as well as other work for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Delivery.com. Matthew has received several Helen Hayes, regional theatre, and film festival awards for his sound design and composition work. curiousmusic.com

PROJECTION DESIGN

Kelly Colburn

Kelly Colburn's (she/they/K) recent DC credits include My Mama and the Full Scale Invasion at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Passing Strange at Signature Theatre, Look Both Ways at The Kennedy Center, and Fela! co-produced by Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre. Off Broadway credits include american (tele)visions at New York Theatre Workshop. Kelly has been nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a Henry Hewes Award. She was a 2020 and 2024 Helen Hayes recipient and a 2022 and 2023 Helen Hayes nominee. She received the 2018 Jim Henson Puppetry Grant and was a 2017 NextLOOK Resident. She is the Executive Director at Flying V. Kelly holds a BFA from NYU and a MFA from UMD. kellycolburn.com 

MUSIC

Kysia Bostic

MUSIC CONSULTANT

William Knowles

William Knowles is a composer, arranger, music director and pianist. His first theatre job was Bessie’s Blues at Studio Theatre in 1995. Since then, he has worked at Arena Stage, CenterStage, Milwaukee Rep, MetroStage, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and The 5th Avenue Theatre, where he will return next summer as music director for After Midnight. Offstage he has released eight jazz CDs with music partner Mark Saltman, most recently Native Speaker. When not on the road, he can be found playing jazz gigs in the DC area. On social media @williamknowlespiano @saltmanknowles (Instagram).  

PROPS DESIGNER

Amy Kellett

Amy Kellett (she/her) is excited to be back working at Studio Theatre, having previously worked on The Hot Wing King; Fun Home; and Love, Love, Love. She has also designed props regionally for productions at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Rep Stage, Constellation Theatre Company, 1st Stage, Theater Alliance, The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audience, NextStop Theatre Company, ArtsCentric, Pointless Theatre Company, Gala Hispanic Theatre, The Hub Theatre, Synetic Theater, American Stage and Young Playwrights Theater. Some of the other hats Amy wears include being a puppeteer/puppet builder and a scenic charge. 

INTIMACY COORDINATOR

Sierra Young

Sierra Young (she/her) is a violence and intimacy director working in the DC/Baltimore area. Sierra is the Resident Violence and Intimacy Director for Mosaic Theater Company. She is an active member of the Society of American Fight Directors, Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Recent DC choreography credits include POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive at Arena Stage; Little Shop of Horrors and Shout Sister Shout! at Ford’s Theatre; Momia en el clóset: Evita’s Return at GALA Hispanic Theatre; Merrily We Roll Along and Sweat at The Keegan Theatre; Spring Awakening at Monumental Theatre Company; Nancy, Confederates, Monumental Travesties, one in two, Unseen, Bars and Measures, and The Till Trilogy at Mosaic Theater Company; King Lear and Red Velvet at Shakespeare Theatre Company; and Ain’t No Mo’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. sierrayoung.org. On social media at @syoungfights (Instagram). 

CHOREOGRAPHER

Tony Thomas

Tony Thomas (he/him) is an award-nominated director, choreographer, and interior architect. His credits include Fat Ham; Good Bones; People, Places & Things; White Noise; Pass Over; and Flow at Studio, Metamorphoses at Folger, Tempestuous Elements at Arena Stage, Mexodus and Native Son at Mosaic Theater Company, Out of the Vineyard at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Miss Nelson is Missing, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience and P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical at Imagination Stage, and Mysticism & Music and The Last Five Years at Constellation Theatre Company. Tony is also active in pre-professional education and private professional level artist coaching and technique. In education, Tony has worked with Adventure Theatre Academy, Levine Music Theatre Productions, Landon School, and actively leads numerous workshops and coaching circuits between New York, DC, and Los Angeles. Tony Thomas Designs was developed in 2004, featuring Tio Diaz Studio as a premiere design house in residential and commercial design.  

DRAMATURG

Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel (she/her) is the Literary Director at Studio, where she has dramaturged the world premieres of Problems Between Sisters, Good Bones, John Proctor is the Villain, I Hate it Here, Queen of Basel, No Sisters, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, Red Speedo, Dirt, Lungs, and The History of Kisses, among others, as well as productions of At the Wedding; Love, Love, Love; Fat Ham; Fun Home; English; Heroes of the Fourth Turning; Flow; 2.5 Minute Ride; Curve of Departure; Wig Out!; and New Electric Ballroom, among others. Prior to joining Studio, she spent eight seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she headed the Literary Department and coordinated project scouting, selection, and development for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is the co-editor of eight anthologies of plays from Actors Theatre and editor of 12 editions of plays through Studio. Adrien-Alice holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. 

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

John Keith Hall

John Keith Hall has stage managed many productions at Studio including At the Wedding, Espejos: Clean, Fun Home, English, Bad Jews, Choir Boy, Cock, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, The Habit of Art, Torch Song Trilogy, 4000 Miles, In the Red and Brown Water, The History Boys, and The Road to Mecca. Other DC area credits include Ain’t No Mo’, Where We Belong, Shipwreck, The Peculiar Patriot, Gloria, Familiar, Hir, An Octoroon, and The Nether at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Mary Poppins, Annie, The Crucible, On the Town, Matilda the Musical, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, and Fiddler on the Roof at Olney Theatre Center; Ain’t Misbehavin’, Soon, West Side Story, and Passing Strange at Signature Theatre. His regional credits include over 40 productions as Resident Stage Manager at the Barter Theatre as well as Shadowlands Stage, Virginia Musical Theatre, and Contemporary American Theatre Festival. 

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Stephen Bubniak

Stephen Bubniak's (he/him) previous Studio Theatre credits include People, Places & Things; John Proctor is the Villain; Queen of Basel; Kings; and The Effect. Additional credits include RENT in Concert, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, National Symphony Orchestra Pops concerts featuring Norm Lewis and CeCe Winans, the 36th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, Songs for Hope, and REACH Opening Parade with The Kennedy Center; Romeo and Juliet with the Washington National Opera; American Prophet; Step Afrika! Holiday Step Show; Change Agent; Celia and Fidel; A Thousand Splendid Suns; Dear Jack, Dear Louise; Newsies; and Jitney with Arena Stage; Through The Sunken Lands, A Wind In The Door, Jacqueline Woodson’s Block Party, The Ice Cream Truck is Broken, Because, and We Are All Connected with The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences; and Pacific Overtures with Signature Theatre. He graduated with a double major in Computer Science and Theatre (Design/Production) from American University. 

CASTING

Geoff Josselson, CSA

Geoff Josselson, CSA Broadway credits include Spamalot, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods (Artios Award winner), and The Velocity of Autumn. Select Off Broadway credits include Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors, Altar Boyz, Yank!, and Southern Comfort. Select New York and regional theatre companies include Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, The Irish Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Studio Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Rep, and Signature Theatre.

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