A Free Man of Color

Theatre: Vivian Beaumont
Status: Closed
(October 23, 2010 - January 09, 2011 )
  • Preview: October 23, 2010
  • Open: November 18, 2010
  • Close: January 9, 2011
Play - Broadway Premiere
Running Time: 2hrs 40mins

"A Free Man of Color" is 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. 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 (Jeffrey Wright), 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.

Total Gross: $2,827,517
Average Weekly Gross: $235,626
Total Attendance: 57,542
Average Weekly Attendance: 62%

Staff & Creative Team

Casting Director:

Daniel Swee at Lincoln Center Theater

Advertising Representative:

Serino Coyne

Production Stage Manager:

Gwendolyn M Gilliam


John Guare


George C Wolfe


Hope Clarke


David Rockwell


Ann Hould-Ward

Original Music:

Jeanine Tesori


Jacques Cornet 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011
Meriwether Lewis 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011
Mercure 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011
Remy Dorilante 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011
Margery Jolicoeur 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011
Cupidon Murmur 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011
Tallyrand 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011
Doña Athene 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011
Mme. Mandragola 10/23/2010 - 01/09/2011