Ahead of its Broadway debut, Thoughts of a Colored Man, written by Keenan Scott II, will engage audiences with a new initiative sponsored by The Black Public Relations Society – New York (BPRS), Black Theatre Network (BTN), and SimonSays Entertainment (SSE). The program is entitled “Black Inspiration: An Artistic Continuum, A Dialogue,” and is a new virtual audience development series that will serve as a kickoff event for the Broadway-bound production. It is meant to foster a community of collaboration and communication between the production and potential audiences.
The play will be directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and produced by Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Samira Wiley, Diana DiMenna, and Scott himself. The play will be making history as one of the few productions on Broadway to be written by a Black man, directed by a Black man, produced by a predominately Black team, and focusing on the narratives of the Black male experience. The event will feature a panel of the creative team reading excerpts that “will share their personal narratives, what has inspired them, and how they hope to inspire others through Thoughts of a Colored Man.
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— Thoughts Of A Colored Man (@coloredmanplay) November 24, 2020
The play, which fuses the artistic mediums of spoken word, slam poetry, and rhythm, intertwine to present a new voice in American theater. The “thoughts of a colored man” are told over the course of a single day, where seven men vulnerably retell their own stories and echo the sentiments of their friends and brothers beyond the traditional settings of basketball courts and barbershops that typically represent the Black male aesthetic. BPRS – NY President and CEO, Tracey Wood Mendelsohn said, “The lens of ‘Black Inspiration’ allows us to explore all aspects of our historic and ongoing role in contributing to society, and there is no better place to start than the arts.”
The program will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST. To RSVP for this free event, please go HERE
Thoughts of a Colored Man is slated for the 2021-2022 Broadway season. To learn more about the production and any updates, please visit thoughtsofacoloredman.com.