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Miss Pat in The Colored Museum
Question: 2. Miss Pat is a character who opens the first museum exhibit and closes the last
museum exhibit. She is the first and last voice we hear. Who is Miss Pat, and what is
her significance to The Colored Museum exhibits? Please explain
George Wolfe's The Colored Museum is a play that was first premiered in 1986 at
Crossroads Theatre in a series of eleven sketches or exhibits. The play satirizes and explores
major themes identified in the African American culture. Miss Pat is a flight attendant who
serves in a fictional "Celebrity Slaveship." The play exposes and ridicules stereotypes
regarding how the world perceives "otherness" and provides an overview of what it is like to
be a person of color in the US. Miss Pat is a character in Wolfe's Colored Museum who plays
a significant role in passing messages in the exhibits. The paper will discuss Miss Pat and
explain her significance in the Colored Museum play.
Miss Pat is the character who opens the first exhibit in the museum and closes the
exhibition. Miss Pat is the last voice heard and the last one too. She is the slave ship
stewardess as the play starts at the Gold Coast. Miss Pat also has a pink uniform, and she has
the duty of instructing people to fix their shackles and not rebel against the rules. As the play
ends, Miss Pat warns people to ensure they take their luggage because any luggage that did
not get claimed would be trashed (pp. 472). The flight attendant has been featured as the
protagonist of the first exhibit ("Git on Board"). The first sketch where she is featured
critiques and explores African Americans' history from slavery to basketball star regency.

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Miss Pat is significant in the Colored Museum exhibits because she has been utilized to
comment satirically on Blacks' role in slavery and racial prejudice. For example, as the play
starts, Miss Pat is on a flight carrying African Americans from God Cat to Savannah.
Although she understands the significance of music on the people, she warns them not to play
the drums or sing; she states, "refrain from call and response singing between cabins as that
sort of thing can lead to rebellion" (pp. 454). In the first sketch, she is dressed in a flight
attendant costume which mimics the polite, composed, and deferential 1980s social norms
practiced by middle-class America. The outfit is an ironic juxtaposition because Miss Pat is
on a flight called "Celebrity Slaveship." Enforcing rules on the flight requiring "no drums"
establishes Miss Pat's character as a fundamental part of the oppression system. She also
makes fun of the passengers getting thrown in the water for insurance money.
Additionally, Miss Pat introduces the play's audience to the sophisticated world of the
play, and she serves as a host in the journey taken by the audience (pp. 454). By emphasizing
the legacy left behind by slavery, she creates and establishes a lens through which the play's
experience is intended to be perceived. When she establishes a value of the flight's
passengers and the suffering they would face in the future in terms of how rich celebrities
will become, she starts a thematic stream concerning the concept of people of the Black race
getting used as prized commodities. Miss Pat states, "you are gonna have to suffer for a few
hundred years, but from your pain will come a culture so complex and with the basketball,
you'll become millionaires!" (pp. 454). Miss Pat is also significant because her hysteria as she
goes through the time warp showcases her contradiction whereby, on the one hand, Miss Pat
has to play the joyous oppressor role within the system. On the other hand, Pat is forced to
accept viewing three hundred years of African American oppression and prejudice flash
before her eyes.

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Surname 1 Student's Name Institutional affiliation Course Date Miss Pat in The Colored Museum Question: 2. Miss Pat is a character who opens the first museum exhibit and closes the last museum exhibit. She is the first and last voice we hear. Who is Miss Pat, and what is her significance to The Colored Museum exhibits? Please explain George Wolfe's The Colored Museum is a play that was first premiered in 1986 at Crossroads Theatre in a series of eleven sketches or exhibits. The play satirizes and explores major themes identified in the African American culture. Miss Pat is a flight attendant who serves in a fictional "Celebrity Slaveship." The play exposes and ridicules stereotypes regarding how the world perceives "otherness" and provides an overview of what it is like to be a person of color in the US. Miss Pat is a character in Wolfe's Colored Museum who plays a significant role in passing messages in the exhibits. The paper will discuss Miss Pat and explain her significance in the Colored Museum play. Miss Pat is the character who opens the first exhibit in the museum and closes the exhibition. Miss Pat is the last voice heard and the last one too. She is the slave ship steward ...
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