Show: Thoughts of a COLORED MAN on a day when the sun set too early
Photo credit: Headshot by Lauren E. Banks
It’s a great production. It explores the lives of eight young men as they navigate through society. They all find themselves in situations battling feelings a lot of us have. The twist is all of the characters are emotions themselves. The name of my characters are love, lust, passion, anger, happiness, despair, depression and wisdom. So they don’t embody ideas…they are the idea.
When I was a sophomore in college I saw the made for TV special For Colored Girls who considered suicide and was blown away by the words. Being a spoken word artist as well, it inspired me to start writing this piece. After researching the play more and realizing it was written during the feminist movement of the '70s, I wanted to write something for the young black male of the 21st century.
My production team Noisy Tenants, LLC. It’s a company I help form with my partners Nick Mitchel and Chris Landrum.
To be honest, everyone. Depending on who attends will depend on how the play affects them. But I think this piece would be and can be important for inner city youth. I was once an inner city youth, so this is where the spirit of this play comes from.
I’m affected by a lot of mediums in art, but currently I love the work of Katori Hall.
I want to see them all. We have badges so I want to take advantage of that.
I plan to get into Fringe NY this summer with my one-man show Black Cotton and tour it for the 2015-2016 college school year. As well as bring this production to the DC/Baltimore area this summer as well.
Favorite theatre professional? Katori Hall
Current show you would love to be involved with? Anything that involves great writing.
Your dream show to be involved with? A David Mamet play.
Who would you most like to have a chance to work with? Spike Lee (I would love for him to produce my work)
Your best theatre experience? Producing my play for the first time in 2009 when I was a senior in college.
Your worst theatre experience? The audition I had in college for A Raisin in the Sun. I was horrible (laughs)
Person you’d most like to thank for getting you where you are today? My mother.
For more about Thoughts of a COLORED MAN on a day when the sun set too early, visit the FRIGID New York website.