About six years ago Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago produced Charles Smith’s Free Man of Color. You can find the description HERE. When I heard that Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def would be playing opposite of each other in Free Man of Color I yelled with glee!!
I thought…FINALLY-African-American playwright, Charles Smith gets his due! But to my chagrin, Charles Smith is NOT the playwright of A Free Man of Color at The Lincoln Center Theater on Broadway (starting Oct 23-January 2011). It’s another playwright…a white man named John Guare. THE John Guare who wrote Six Degrees of Separation. I then looked at the description of his play and that’s HERE.
Totally different descriptions by two totally different playwrights. Now, I don’t know about legal title dealings but is it ok to use the same name regardless of the article A in front of the title? This is quite confusing. Why hasn’t Charles Smith said anything? Doesn’t he have the right? Look how big the A is on the poster though.
These are times when I really wish I lived in New York. Or maybe I wish I could teleport. You can tell by the descriptions of both plays that they are POLAR opposites of each other. I don’t know when the Guare’s play was written and I’m not sure exactly when Mr. Smith’s play was written either. I just don’t understand how you can have the same name? Seems like someone should have changed theirs.
I’m really torn now. Of course I want to see Guare’s play simply because Wright and Mos Def are in it, but now it’s like Fantasia, “bittersweet.” I looked at the ticket prices and they range from $70-150 bucks! Wowzers! Where’s 2AMt, Adam Thurman, and Parabasis with the discussion on THESE ticket prices?
I guess the closest thing I’ll get to that show is making my own dinner, surfin’ the net for tix to NY (that I won’t buy) and listenin’ to this song.