The BLACK LIVES MATTER  movement has cast a giant spotlight on the injustices that have been perpetrated against black men everywhere, amplifying the voices of the unheard and silenced. My choreopoem, FOR COLORED BOYZ ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN/ when freedom ain’t enuff, a bold and contemporary examination of the stories of black men then and now. “Wilson's work boldly carves its own space within the theatrical canon just as its female-focused predecessor,” said Alric Davis,  Broadway World.

FOR COLORED BOYZ on the verge of a nervous breakdown/ when freedom ain’t enuff is a collection of 35 poems telling the stories of black men from slavery to the present. This composition examines the dark realities of what it means to be a man of color in America. Wilson’s work delves into issues such as toxic masculinity, homophobia, systematic racism, mental issues, and police brutality. While there’s no linear narrative each poem is weaved together through music and dance making this piece a choreopoem. The choreopoem is performed by five nameless men only represented visually by their colors. They are The Man in Black, Man in Red, Man in Green, Man in Orange and Man in Blue. Other subjects examined in this choreopoem include colorism, racial stereotypes, the black family and politics.

By the conclusion of Act II, walls are broken, and each man on stage takes a new right of passage giving reverence to the ancestors and affirming the bond of brotherhood is what they need to move forward in this world. “FOR COLORED BOYZ takes us through actual moments in history where black men were either victorious, downtrodden or lynched. The black man is a complex/ magical being that has faced adversity since colonization and here we are in 2020 still trying to figure it out. Writing a piece such as this has been therapeutic and haunting. We are excited to be back in Houston,” says Wilson, FOR COLORED BOYZ playwright and director. 

Cast members include: Jeremiah Gray (Man in Blue),  Hiko Addison (Man in Orange), Derrick Gibbs (Man in Black), Aaron Phillips (Man in Red), Dom Hernandez (Man in Green), Christoper Jones (Dancer/ Understudy), Terrance Robbins (Understudy). The production team includes scenic design by Hardy Bates, lighting design by Asher Thoms, costume and sound design by Bryan-Keyth Wilson. Assistant director is YaYa Smith, Associate Choreographer Brent L. Smith,  Dramaturge LaTreva Herndon-Washington and Kendrea Angel Langston is the production stage manager.

We debuted FOR COLORED BOYZ last year to sold out audiences and we traveled on a mini tour to Auston, TX where the show was well received. For the first time we are able to theatrically see the stories of men of color navigating through a world where they seem to be prey. This production uses poetic text, music and dance to tell the stories of the colored boyz, This untold story deserves to play out on the biggest stage in the world and with your help FOR COLORED BOYZ ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN/ when freedom ain’t enuff will be Broadway-bound, and here’s where you can help.

And now we are back home where it all began! We need your help to produce this amazing piece of theatre! Your contributions will help us with paying for rehearsal space, paying our actors and staff as well as help us as we travel. FOR COLORED BOYZ runs March 27-29, 2020 at the DeLuxe Theatre. Thursday, March 26th will be media night.  Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a matinee on Saturday.  Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening show at 8:00, Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Audiences are invited to stay after for a Post Show Talk-Back with playwright Bryan-Keyth Wilson and the cast of FOR COLORED BOYZ to discuss the play and social issues in America.


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