Jerome Preston Bates, Brandon Dion Gregory, Forrest McClendon, Ashley Pierre-Louis, Reynaldo Piniella, Jody Reynard, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Garrett Turner and Hollie E. Wright Set for Baltimore Center Stage’s World Premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN by Keenan Scott II, October 10–November 10

Baltimore Center Stage is presenting the world premiere play, Thoughts of a Colored Man, October 10–November 10. Baltimore Center Stage is located at 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

Hollie E. Wright (Woman #2) and Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) in the world premiere of "Thoughts of a Colored Man". Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Hollie E. Wright (Woman #2) and Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

This journey through the 21st Century mind captures the strengths, weaknesses, and deepest fears of men striving to discover their identities.

Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang

Written by one of today’s boldest new voices, Keenan Scott II, Thoughts of a Colored Man is a rich theatrical mosaic that goes beyond the basketball court and barbershop to shed a brilliant light on the life changes and adversities each character embodies.

The cast of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo credit: Michael Davis
The cast of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo credit: Michael Davis

Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends a powerful use of language, music and dance which captivates audiences from the opening monologue. “Keenan’s distinctive storytelling style is amplified by the constellation of artists bringing this play to life,” said Baltimore Center Stage Artistic Director, Stephanie Ybarra. “This piece represents an exciting evolution of our art form, and I can’t wait to share it with Baltimore.”

Forrest McClendon (Depression) in the world premiere of "Thoughts of a Colored Man". Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Forrest McClendon (Depression) in the world premiere of “Thoughts of a Colored Man”. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

Thoughts of a Colored Man, is co-produced by Baltimore Center Stage and Syracuse Stage in association with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons.

Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

The cast includes Jerome Preston Bates* (Wisdom); Brandon Dion Gregory* (Passion); Forrest McClendon* (Depression); Ashley Pierre-Louis (Woman #1); Reynaldo Piniella* (Lust); Jody Reynard* (Happiness); Ryan Jamaal Swain* (Love); Garrett Turner* (Anger); and Hollie E. Wright* (Woman #2/Dance Captain).

Garrett Turner (Anger), Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love), Forrest McClendon (Depression), and Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

The creative team includes Keenan Scott II (Playwright); Steve H. Broadnax III (Director); Millicent Johnnie (Choreographer); Robert Brill (Scenic Designer); Toni-Leslie James (Co-Costume Designer); Devario Simmons (Co-Costume Designer); Ryan J. O’Gara (Lighting Designer); Mikaal Sulaiman (Sound Designer); Sven Ortel (Projections Designer); Te’La and KAMAUU (Music); Bianca LaVerne Jones (Associate Director); B.J. Forman* (Production Stage Manager); and Cathy Hwang* (Assistant Stage Manager); and Calleri Casting (Casting).

Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love) and Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love) and Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association

Thoughts of a Colored Man begins with preview performances on Thursday October 10. Press Night is Opening Night, Thursday October 17. Click here to purchase tickets.

Forrest McClendon (Depression) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Forrest McClendon (Depression) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) and Brandon Dion Gregory (Passion) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) and Brandon Dion Gregory (Passion) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
The cast of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN in the world premiere. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
The cast of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN in the world premiere. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) and Garrett Turner (Anger) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN . Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) and Garrett Turner (Anger) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN . Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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