Syracuse Stage opens season with world premiere of ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse Stage opens the 2019/2020 season with the world premiere production of “Thoughts of a Colored Man.”

The story is written by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. Broadnax took over directing duties from Syracuse University alumni Taye Diggs. Diggs was originally slated to direct “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” but had to leave the project due to his shooting schedule for “All American,” which was renewed for a second season on The CW.

Powerful language, music, movement and dance effortlessly weave together scenes of the play. The theatrical mosaic reveals the beauty of the human experience.

“The play is about seven men all with allegorical titles. We named them love, lust, anger, passion, happiness, depression and wisdom,” said Keenan Scott II, playwright of “Thoughts of a Colored Man.”

Scott’s words take you into the hearts and minds of a tribe of men, each finding their identity and self-worth.

“I always heard definitely throughout my life that black men don’t know how to express themselves or they don’t express themselves at all, so I said how brilliant would it be to create a piece where all black men do is express themselves,” Scott said.

Ryan Jamaal Swain’s character is Love.

“As the youngest and as the one that is the most permeable and mutable, he’s learning what it is to be a black man and as he matriculates and finds his growth and art through the piece, you see how everything is established on his person from what the other men in the room bring to him and he is experiencing,” Swain said.

This role resonates with him on many different levels, providing hope and healing.

Performance dates are September 4-22. Tickets are available here or at the Box Office (315)-443-3275.

Watch the full interview with Keenan Scott II below:

Watch the full interview with Ryan Jamaal Swain below:

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