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Thoughts of a Colored Man Summary

  • Show Status: Opening Soon
  • Genre: Play
  • Thoughts of a Colored Man is 1 hour and 35 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: October 1, 2021
  • Show Opens: October 21, 2021
  • Show Closes: February 17, 2022

Modern story of a crew of black men in Brooklyn, NY, who are trying to make the most of themselves and set a good example for the younger generation

Thoughts of a Colored Man on Broadway Background

Thoughts of a Colored Man makes its Broadway debut. The play was written by the native New Yorker, Keenan Scott II, who previously created his own film collection exclusively on Amazon Prime called Small Axe. This play was directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, who also directed Katori Hall’s Off-Broadway hit The Hot Wing King which received critical praise. Thoughts of a Colored Man was workshopped and developed at The Arena Stage, in the historic New York Theatre Workshop, for private readings before it held its world premiere at the Syracuse Stage at the Syracuse University in early 2019. The show did remarkably well and was then asked to perform at the Baltimore Center Stage later in 2019. While this show is a Broadway debut for both Scott and Broadnax, the play has many seasoned Tony Award Winners and Broadway alumni helping to produce it, including Ron Simons, Diana DiMenna, Brian Moreland, Samira Wiley and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

What’s Thoughts of a Colored Man Like?

While the show is technically called a play, the story is told by blending strong music beats, spoken word slam poetry and dancing to display the experiences. The main crew in focus are seven black men who are living in Brooklyn, New York in current times. The entire story takes place in a single day, much like a Greek tragedy in this regard. However, the play is different from a Greek tragedy in many other ways as the story contains scenes of rhythm and rhyme battles at basketball courts and having fun, dancing in the streets and being rowdy at the local barbershop. While these aspects of the show are memorable and enjoyable, the real essence of the show is to shed a long awaited light into the hearts and minds of a community of men who are attempting to become the most triumphant versions of themselves.

Is Thoughts of a Colored Man Good for Kids?

This play contains discussions of adult behavior such as sex, drugs, and violence, profanity and racial slurs. This show is not recommended for children under the age of 16.

Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 805
Entrance: 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Dyllón Burnside
Da’vinchi
Bryan Terrell Clark
Tristan “Mack” Wilds
Luke James
Forrest Mcclendon
Keith David

Producers

Brian Moreland

Ron Simons

Diana DiMenna

Samira Wiley

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Production Credits

General Manager
Lane Marsh
Casting Director
Calleri Casting
Advertising Representative
AKA NYC
Press Agent
DKC O&M

Creative Team

Author
Keenan Scott II
Director
Steve H Broadnax III
Settings
Robert Brill
Costumes
Toni-Leslie James
Costumes
Devario Simmons
Lighting
Ryan O'Gara
Sound
Mikaal Sulaiman
Original Music
Te'La
Original Music
Brother Kamau
Projections
Sven Ortel