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A Free Man of Color, by John Guare

Before law and order took hold, New Orleans was boisterous; before class, racial and political lines were drawn, it was 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, 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.

"A 10-door farce salted with so many laughs that you won't have time to catch your breath…[until] a terrible denouement described by Mr. Guare in language that approaches the condition of poetry…[A FREE MAN OF COLOR] just might be a masterpiece." —Wall Street Journal. "Wildly ambitious…like all great, mad manifestos, there are sweet rewards for those willing to take the plunge." —New York Magazine.

April 19-21, 7:30 pm
April 22, 2 pm
April 26-28, 7:30 pm
April 29, 2 pm 

Friday, April 27 is Salem Night at the Sophia. Salem residents receive free admission. Reserve in advance at 978.542.6365.

Tickets $20 general/$15 seniors and students 18 and above/under 18 admitted free Salem State students admitted free with ID

Salem State University is committed to equal access for students, staff and visitors, and encourages all to participate in its programs and activities. People who anticipate needing accommodations due to a disability, or who have questions about access, may contact disability services at access@salemstate.edu. 

When 9:30pm
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Karen A Gahagan
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