Public postpones Guare play

Off Broadway theater delays 'Free Man of Color'

Off Broadway’s Public Theater has postponed the world preem of John Guare’s new play, “A Free Man of Color.”

Hefty production, said to feature a large cast and costly set design, was put off until next season due to the loss of “significant individual funding and a few key donations,” according to the Public.

“This is a tough and disappointing decision, but one we made with great thought and care, and one that will ensure the Public’s health and stability,” said a.d. Oskar Eustis in a statement.

A rep for the theater would confirm no further details. A likely explanation is that a commercial producer, who was to have ponied up additional coin to mount the show, has pulled out thanks to the current turbulence in the economy.

Guare’s play, which takes place in 1802 New Orleans, was set to star Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def under the direction of George C. Wolfe.

The Public has a number of shows already slated to keep subscribers busy. Currently on offer are “Road Show,” “Taking Over” and “If You See Something Say Something,” with upcoming productions including “The Good Negro,” by Tracey Scott Wilson; Christopher Durang’s “Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them”; and “The Singing Forest,” by Craig Lucas.

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