African American Playwright Keenan Scott II’s ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ Is Coming to Broadway

Queens, New York’s own Keenan Scott II is one of the most dynamic and boisterous new voices in theatre. His highly anticipated new work, Thoughts of a Colored Man, has been given an opening date of Sunday, Oct. 31, with performances beginning on Friday, Oct. 1.

The dates and cast were announced by producers Brian Moreland, Ron Simons, Diana DiMenna, Samira Wiley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization. As described by the production, Thoughts of a Colored Man finds seven Black men discovering the extraordinary, together, during “a single day in the pulsing heart of Brooklyn.”

Blending spoken word, slam poetry, rhythm, and humor, Thoughts of a Colored Man is billed as a “richly theatrical mosaic” that will feature an ensemble cast that includes Dyllón Burnside (FX’s Pose), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Da’Vinchi (Showtime’s upcoming Black Mafia Family), Luke James (Showtime’s The Chi), Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys), Tristan “Mack” Wilds (Fox’s 90210), and Keith David (OWN’s Greenleaf).

Thoughts of a Colored Man had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage for its 2019-2020 season and transferred to Baltimore Center Stage to finish its regional run. The production will mark the Broadway debuts for both playwright Scott and director Steve H. Broadnax III, and will be the first new play on “The Great White Way” since the pandemic shutdown last summer.

Tickets for the production will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 18.

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