“My goal through this theatrical experience of language, music and dance, is to give insight into the black male in search of their most dominant selves, trying to escape demise. Holla!” Steve H. Broadnax 3rd. (Director)
He is referencing Center Stage’s current play, THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN, written by Keenan Scott 2nd.
Both Broadnax and Scott are black, and interestingly, Scott has a Baltimore experience, even though born in New York, and did his theatre studies at Frostburg State in Western Maryland. However, the play is set in New York, Bedford Stuyvesant; almost a carbon copy, to Baltimore, in experiences for the African American, black, or colored man, subway and all.
The colored man experiences: love, sex, betrayal, anger, exposed to gunshot blasts, gentrification, sees growth, gender transition, frustration, the fascination with female body parts, and class identity.
Of course everything the black (colored) man does, is not like any other man will do.
On my visit to the theatre, Reynaldo Piniella, (who plays LUST), stepped from the stage and said his seductive lines to a black female sitting with her white date. She changed color, and her date was mouth opened. Applause from the audience.
The only colored man missing from this play is Zachary from the State Farm commercial. (Thank you!) THAT’s MY THOUGHT. Don’t ask me if I like him.
“I hope that each night the show is performed, a person will learn something”, (Scott).
After your experience at the theatre, it will be interesting as to who, or what will you point.