WSU Theatre Department Celebrates Black History Month with the Play ‘The Colored Museum,’ Feb. 8-10

PULLMAN, Wash. — The play “The Colored Museum” will be performed at Washington State University Feb. 8-10 in honor of Black History Month.

The show is set for 8 p.m. in Jones Theatre, Daggy Hall, with an additional showing at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.

The play, written by George C. Wolfe, is a satire that reveals the myth and madness of the African American culture and uses whimsical and sometimes graphic views to awaken, enlighten, remind and warn society of the effects of a purely stereotypical environment, said director Phyllis Gooden-Young.

The show is organized in a series of playlets with various elements of the African American culture. “Get on board,” the first exhibit in the “museum,” establishes the basic premise as it mocks African Americans’ involuntary voyage to America, said Gooden-Young.

The cast includes Damen Burns of Tacoma, Charina Corothers of Spokane, Alix Chapman of Yakima, Israel Massallo of Tacoma, Senait Mengstab of Seattle, Condry “C.J.” Robbins of Tacoma, Kadeen T. Shaw of Miami and Corrinne Williams of Seattle.

The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students and youth. The Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee funds WSU student discounts. Graduate students’ tickets are free, courtesy of the Graduate and Professional Students Association. A discussion with the director, cast and crew will be open to all audience members after the Feb. 8 performance.