Local Playwright to Produce a Staged Reading of FOR COLORED BOYZ ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
FOR COLORED BOYZ ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is a choreopoem that was birthed out of frustration, self-examination, and reflection through the eyes of a black man. Influenced by Ntozake Shange's choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow's enuf. This isn't a conventional poetry book, play or novel, but a literary theatrical collection of poems and short narratives from the perspective of six black men. These stories are historical, personally visceral and written to examine the psyche of black men in America. Using a minimalist backdrop centered on the written word, music, theatre and dance. For Colored Boyz... is a poignant theatrical experience for all.
This theatrical compilation of written works by Bryan-Keyth Wilson takes the audience on a journey from the middle passage, through the war torn sixties and current day poetically reflecting on the Michael Brown murder and verdict as well as other social issues that black men in America face on a daily basis from negative images in the media and the taboo issues of sexuality and the black church.
The staged reading will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Avenue M. Galveston, TX 77550. This event is sponsored by the Nia Cultural Center and there will be donations taken at the door. Immediately following the staged reading there will be a talkback with the author, cast and creative team. For more information please call (646) 397- 4463 or email ForColoredBoyz@gmail.com
Speaking about the message in his choreopoem, Wilson says, "In the wake of the riots, and verdicts I was very angry, all I could do was write. I didn't know where this piece was going in development and composition, but I knew the words were bold and in your face. I began to think about the pain and hurt that many black men have endured through the years, and so where was this theatrical piece to reflect this pain? I prayed and asked God for guidance and here we are with my first choreopoem FOR COLORED BOYZ ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN."
Dubbed the Literary Prince by his peers, Bryan-Keyth Wilson is a noted playwright, screenwriter, director, teaching artist and choreographer. He is a published author of 2 books, 8 plays and his debut choreopoem FOR COLORED BOYZ ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN slated to release February 2015. His first novel, HOOD BOY CHRONICLES, was a groundbreaking work of inspirational fiction combining street-lit swag and spoken word intermingled with a heartfelt story that restores faith. His second title was for the grown and sexy crowd. TRACK CHANGES & WHITE LIES was written under an alter-ego pseudonym Brendan Gotti. His passion for teaching has brought him into the classroom as a teaching artist where he shares his professional journey with young aspiring theatre/ musical theatre artists. He is the Artistic Director of The Eklektix Theatre Company and The Wilson School of Acting & Musical Theatre. Wilson attended Sam Houston State University and Hunter College in NYC.
Cast includes: Cantrell Williams, Caleb Fields, Wesley Batiste, Stephen Hudson and Carl Payne II. The Creatives are: Writer/ Director is Bryan-Keyth Wilson, Asst. Director Isabelle Dom, Production Stage Manager Faith Tenney and graphic design by Tomas Torres.