As the sun rises on an ordinary day in New York, seven men are about to discover the extraordinary. Written by Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends language, music, and dance into a daringly universal new play. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud, and thriving in the 21st Century. Set over a single day, this richly theatrical mosaic goes beyond the rhythms of the basketball court and the boisterousness of the barbershop. It sheds brilliant light into the hearts and minds of a community of men searching for their most triumphant selves. And what they reveal are the deeply human hopes, dreams, fears, and sensitivities of all men, all people.
Produced by Brian Moreland and Ron Simmons, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, and choreographed by Millicent Marie Johnnie, Thoughts of a Colored Man played Syracuse Stage from September 4 to September 22, 2019, and Baltimore Center Stage from October 10 to November 10, 2019.