Keenan Scott II, the creator of Thoughts of a Colored Man, wrote the play for a new Broadway. A Broadway that can produce works to present them to audiences who may not have participated in these types of dramas before.
Keenan Scott II and Thoughts of a Colored Man
Scott’s play “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” tells the story of seven black men. They are about to discover something extraordinary together in a day in Brooklyn. Scott used what he called a “grand slam narrative” to combine spoken language, slam poetry, rhythm, and humor. That way he created a bold new script. “I didn’t see my representative in the drama I studied in college, so I decided to write one,” he said. He never thought about going on Broadway. But after years of development, his play fell into the hands of the right people, and the rest is history.
Thoughts of a Colored Man is one of the first shows that will finally premiere on Broadway after the coronavirus. It’s opening at the John Golden Theater on October 13. Keenan Scott II’s performance began on October 1. And it was originally scheduled to open on October 31, before the official premiere. The play had previously been performed on the Syracuse Stage and the Baltimore Center Stage. It explored a day in the Brooklyn Pulse Center, as seven black men discovered the extraordinary through the fusion of spoken language, poetry, rhythm, and humor.
Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Diana DiMenna, Samira Wiley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization are responsible for the production.
The creative team also includes composers Te’La and Brother Kamau, set designer Robert Brill, costume designers Toni-Leslie James and Devario D. Simmons, lighting designer Ryan O’Gara, projection designer Sven Ortel, and sound designer Mikaal Sulaiman. The casting is by Calleri Jensen Davis.
The production, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, features Pose breakout Dyllón Burnside, Tony nominee Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys), Luke James (Showtime’s The Chi), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Da’Vinchi (Showtime’s Black Mafia Family), Esau Pritchett (Fox’s Prodigal Son), and Tristan “Mack” Wilds (HBO’s The Wire).
Credits: playbill.com; broadwaydirect.com
Credits featured image: Mademoiselle Sabina, Wikimedia Commons