Home Youth empowerment Thoughts of a Colored Man teams up with the YMCA to deliver free haircuts in the Bronx and Brooklyn – Times Square Chronicles

Thoughts of a Colored Man teams up with the YMCA to deliver free haircuts in the Bronx and Brooklyn – Times Square Chronicles


In partnership with the YMCA of Greater New York, Thoughts of a colored man hosted a youth and community event at the Castle Hill YMCA in the Bronx and the North Brooklyn YMCA where there was a mobile hair salon ready to give community members free haircuts. Community members were also treated to a barbecue food truck, coin merchandise, and free tickets to see Thoughts of a colored man on Broadway.

Keenan Scott II, Tristan Mack Wilds at the YMCA of North Brooklyn

Actors Tristan Mack Wilds, Luke James, Esau Pritchett and Bjorn Patty have joined playwright Keenan Scott II and producer Brian Moreland at the Brooklyn YMCA event. They talked to the crowds, checked out the barbers and took lots of selfies.

Keenan Scott II

Producer Brian Moreland said: “Thoughts of a colored man is a show based on love for family and community. Like the YMCA, Broadway is an open community, and we’re excited to bring a bit of Broadway and a lot of heart to Brooklyn and the Bronx!

Keenan Scott II with a member of Castle Hill YMCA

The cast, with Dyllón Burnside (FX’s “Pose”,), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Da’Vinchi (Starz’s next “Black Mafia Family”), Grammy Award® nominated Luke James (Showtime’s “The Chi”), Tony Award® candidate Forrest McClendon (Scottsboro Boys), Grammy-nominated Tristan Mack Wilds (HBO, “The Wire”), and Esau Pritchett, playwright Keenan Scott II and director Steve H. Broadnax III were in attendance at the North Brooklyn YMCA.

Luke James at the YMCA of North Brooklyn

Inspired by the conversations that flow freely inside Thoughts of a colored man, cast members to be determined mingled and mingled with members of the local community in attendance. Playwright Keenan Scott II joined in the fun and got a quick haircut inside the Mobile Barbershop. Scott, in his excitement for the event, decided to give community members a preview of the show and performed a scene.

Luke James, Esau Pritchett, Tristan Mack Wilds and member of the North Brooklyn YMC

“It’s a highlight when kids see themselves for the first time represented and reflected in a Broadway show, said Marjorie Jean Jacques, Executive Director of the North Brooklyn YMCA. “This is why the YMCAs of North Brooklyn and Castle Hill are so proud to partner with Thoughts of a colored man and Delta Air Lines to bring the hair salon and Broadway experience to the Bronx and Brooklyn. Not only does the arts promote socio-emotional learning, they also provide children with mirrors and windows to the world, which is even more critical as our communities emerge from the pandemic.

Tristan Mack Wilds and Luke James with The Barber Factory at the North Brooklyn YMCA

Thoughts of a colored man will mark Scott and Broadnax’s Broadway debut. Scott’s new play The Migration LP is in development at New York Stage & Film and Broadnax recently directed the new Katori Hall play The King of the Hot Wing which received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for theater.

Thoughts of a colored man had its critically acclaimed world premiere at the Syracuse Stage under artistic direction by Robert Hupp in fall 2019 with a subsequent broadcast later that year at the Baltimore Center Stage (Stephanie Ybarra, artistic director).

As the sun rises in one day in the beating heart of Brooklyn, seven black men are about to experience the extraordinary – together. By Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man mixes speech, slam poetry, rhythm and humor in a boldly universal new piece. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud and successful in the 21st century.

This richly theatrical mosaic sheds a dazzling light on these men, a tight-knit brotherhood, revealing their most triumphant selves. Their vibrant and vulnerable experiences and feelings reverberate far beyond the hair salons and basketball courts of their community. They reveal the hopes, joys, sorrows, fears and deeply human dreams of all men and all peoples.

Young Members of the YMCA of North Brooklyn

The creative team of Thoughts of a colored man includes music by Te’La and Brother Kamau, scenography by Tony Award® nominated Robert Brill, costume co-design by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee® winner Toni-Leslie James and Devario D. Simmons, lighting design by Ryan O’Gara, projection design by Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Sven Ortel, and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman. Calleri, Jensen and David serve as casting directors for the production. The production manager is BJ Forman.

Christopher J. O’Connor, YMCA Board Member, YMCA of Greater New York President and CEO, Sharon Greenberger and Brian Moreland at Castle Hill YMCA

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