Keenan Scott II is a playwright, poet, actor, director, and producer originally from Queens, New York. His work has been workshopped and produced at notable theaters including National Black Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Arena Stage, and Woolly Mammoth. ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ made its world premiere at Syracuse Stage for their 2019-2020 season and transferred to Baltimore Center Stage to finish its regional run, before settling at the Golden Theater during the 2021-2022 Broadway Season, where Keenan Scott II made his writing and unconventional acting debut in his own work. Scott was chosen to be a part of the 2021 TED Fellow cohort among a global community of artists, inventors, and scientists. Keenan continues to create original works for theatre, television, and film.
Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City Season 8 inaugural offering Thoughts of a Colored Man written by playwright Keenan Scott II.
The Story: Dawn breaks in Brooklyn, and seven black men rise to meet the day. One of them, a finance director, leaves his luxurious condo to jog around their rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, just as a grocery-store clerk is starting another soul-crushing shift. At the bus stop, two best friends debate the intricacies of modern dating, while a basketball coach at the youth center grapples with his unrealized potential. At the hospital, a teacher and his father-in-law welcome a new life. And at the barbershop, the whole group meets for cuts and conversation as sparks fly over questions of identity and community. Through the storytelling style of SLAM Narrative, Thoughts of a Colored Man celebrates the hopes, ambitions, joys, and triumphs of black men in a world that often refuses to hear them.
The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City performances of Thoughts of a Colored Man at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., Kansas City MO, October 28-29, November 2-5, 2023.
host/producer/engineer: Donna Morrow Wolfe