“THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN” COMPLETES CASTING AND BEGINS REHEARSALS ON WAY TO OCTOBER 1 PREVIEWS AT THE GOLDEN THEATRE
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“THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN”
BJORN DU PATY AND GARRETT TURNER COMPLETE CASTING
REHEARSALS BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
THE NEW PLAY BY KEENAN SCOTT II
DIRECTED BY STEVE H. BROADNAX III
BRYAN TERRELL CLARK
TRISTAN MACK WILDS
AND KEITH DAVID
FIRST PLAY IN BROADWAY HISTORY TO BE WRITTEN, DIRECTED BY, STARRING, AND LEAD PRODUCED BY BLACK ARTISTS
BEGINS PREVIEWS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
AHEAD OF A SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT
AT BROADWAY’S GOLDEN THEATRE
New York, NY (September 7, 2021) – Producers Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Diana DiMenna, Kandi Burruss, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Samira Wiley, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization announced today that casting has been completed for the upcoming Broadway premiere of Thoughts of a Colored Man with Bjorn DuPaty and Garrett Turner joining as understudies. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 7th. Thoughts of a Colored Man, written by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, will begin preview performances on Friday, October 1 and open Sunday, October 31 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street).
Bjorn DuPaty is a New York City based actor born and raised in Chicago. Off-Broadway theatre: Public Theatre- Mllima’s Tale and Ensemble Studio Theatre Travisville. Regional theatre: Studio Theatre (D.C) Pipeline & Fairfield, People’s Light Theater-Mudrow, Actors Theater of Louisville-Do You Feel Anger, Guthrie Theater-Julius Caesar/Comedy of Errors, Pittsburgh Public Theater-Clybourne Park. Film/TV: “Alpha House (Amazon), “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox), Blacklist (NBC), “Demolition” (Film). MFA: Mason Gross School of the Arts/Rutgers University.
Garrett Turner NYC: Bayano (National Black Theatre). Regional: Thoughts of a Colored Man (Syracuse/Baltimore: World Premiere), Half Time (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Royale (Theatrical Outfit), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Asolo Rep), Passing Strange (Playhouse on the Park). TV: “Law & Order SVU”, “Madam Secretary”. Emory/RCSSD Grad. Marshall Scholar. Psalm 115.1
The ensemble cast will feature Dyllón Burnside (FX’s “Pose,”), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Da’Vinchi (Starz’s upcoming “Black Mafia Family”), Grammy Award® nominee Luke James (Showtime’s “The Chi”), Tony Award® nominee Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys), Grammy Award nominee Tristan Mack Wilds (HBO’s “The Wire”), and Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Keith David (Seven Guitars, OWN’s “Greenleaf”).
Thoughts of a Colored Man will mark the Broadway debuts of both Scott and Broadnax. Scott’s new play The Migration LP is in development at New York Stage & Film and Broadnax most recently directed Katori Hall’s new play The Hot Wing King which received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Producer Brian Moreland said, “Keenan’s play has been one of my favorite journeys. From our very first reading in 2017, his voice was raw, pure, and honest for our world today. Steve’s direction brings unbridled tenderness to the experience of the contemporary Black male with a full range of humanity. More than ever, it is vital for Broadway and theaters across America to make room for the next generation of theater makers: to celebrate their communities, to feel their heartache, and to hear the stories they are ready to tell. The entire producing team is humbled to play a small role in bringing Keenan Scott II and Steve H. Broadnax III to Broadway.”
Thoughts of a Colored Man had its critically acclaimed world premiere at Syracuse Stage under the artistic direction of Robert Hupp in fall of 2019 with a subsequent run later that year at Baltimore Center Stage (Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Director).”
As the sun rises on a single day in the pulsing heart of Brooklyn, seven Black men are about to discover the extraordinary – together. By Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends spoken word, slam poetry, rhythm, and humor into a daringly universal new play. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud, and thriving in the 21st century.
This richly theatrical mosaic shines brilliant light onto these men, a tight-knit brotherhood, revealing their most triumphant selves. Their vibrant and vulnerable experiences and feelings reverberate far beyond the barbershops and basketball courts of their community. They reveal the deeply human hopes, joys, sorrows, fears, and dreams of all men, all people.
The creative team for Thoughts of a Colored Man includes music by Te’La and Brother Kamau, set design by Tony Award® nominee Robert Brill, co-costume design by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award® winner Toni-Leslie James and Devario D. Simmons, lighting design by Ryan O’Gara, projection design by Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Sven Ortel, and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman. Calleri, Jensen, & David serve as casting directors for the production. Production stage manager is B.J. Forman.
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