- By Keenan Scott II
- Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
- Co-production with Syracuse Stage
- In association with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons
“LUMINOUS. YOU CAN’T IMAGINE A MORE POWERFUL DYNAMIC BETWEEN ACTOR AND AUDIENCE.” —DC Theatre Scene
ONE THEME, SEVEN VARIATIONS
A world-premiere play from Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends language, music, and dance. 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 to shed brilliant light into the hearts and minds of a community of men searching for their most triumphant selves.
RUN TIME: Approximately 95 minutes with no intermission.
WARNING: This performance includes the use of haze and recorded gunshots.
CONTENT ADVISORY: Baltimore Center Stage recognizes each family's need to make informed decisions about what show is appropriate for their young people. We do not presume that every show is well-suited for every young person, and it is in that spirit we share the following content considerations. This play contains discussions of adult behavior such as sex, drugs, and violence, profanity and racial slurs.
Join us for the 7:30 pm opening night performance and celebrate afterwards in the lobby with members of the cast, artistic team, and Baltimore Center Stage staff and board.
Join us after the performance to discuss the racialized effects of gentrification in Baltimore City with special guests from Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. What is gentrification and what are the forces that drive it? Who benefits and how? Learn about what community members are doing to prevent displacement and erasure and about grassroots organizing efforts toward collective wellbeing.
Join a group of arts professionals of color at various stages in their careers to hear about their experiences in a field that is still predominantly white. What are some steps to take when considering a career in the arts? What barriers persist for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the arts sector, and what strategies are there for overcoming them? And how are arts organizations working to examine systems and move toward racial justice?
Volunteer audio describers provide an objective description of the non-verbal action on stage during the 2pm matinee. Touch Tours are tactile tours that let patrons touch costume pieces, sets, and/or props used in the show as well as conversation with our Production or Artistic Departments before the 2pm matinee. Touch Tours run from 12–1pm and patrons are welcome to join at any time in that window.
With special guests D. Watkins & R. Eric Thomas
In Thoughts of a Colored Man, each man personifies an emotion, exploring the depth of men of color who have been shallowly painted by perceptions of masculinity. How might we expand our definition of masculinity? What space might this afford for the men in our lives who have been taught that being emotional is being weak? Join us in conversation to think through the ways that men, particularly men of color, are affected by limited views of masculinity and consider ways that we might reconstruct its meaning with special guests D. Watkins & R. Eric Thomas. How might masculinity be approached with tenderness?
We offer First Chair and HIS Sign ASL Interpreted performance for each of our Mainstage plays. For online purchases, use promo code SIGN before choosing your seats to ensure an optimal view of the interpreter. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Following the 7:30P performance
Barbers in the African-American community give a lot more than haircuts–they are counselors, mentors, bosses and parental figures. Men of all ages rely on their local barbershops for a shoulder to lean on, relationship advice or to simply fellowship for a sports game. Join us for a panel discussion that highlights the true essence of barbershops and their roles in the Black community.
Families enjoy a family day to remember, including a meal and a discussion with Baltimore Center Stage actors before the 2pm matinee show. Learn more.
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In the News
- Playbill—Go Inside Rehearsal for 'Thoughts of a Colored Man' With Pose’s Ryan Jamaal Swain
- Broadway World—Video: First Look at 'Thoughts of a Colored Man'
- DC Metro Theater Arts—‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ reveals universal truths at Baltimore Center Stage
- WBAL-TV—Baltimore arts community honors Rep. Elijah Cummings
- DC Theatre Scene—Review: Thoughts of a Colored Man at Baltimore Center Stage
- MD Theatre Guide—Theatre Review: ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ at Baltimore Center Stage
- Baltimore Outloud—Ryan Jamaal Swain: His Thoughts On Thoughts Of A Colored Man At Center Stage
- CBS Baltimore— ‘Thoughts Of A Colored Man’ Receives High Praise At Baltimore Center Stage
- WBALTV— 11 TV Hill meets the mind behind 'Thoughts of a Colored Man'
- WBALTV— 1 TV Hill: 'Thoughts of a Colored Man' cast explores meaning behind their characters
- The Crisis Magazine (Official Publication of the NAACP)—Thoughts of a Colored Man