It was announced today that Esau Pritchett has joined the cast of Thoughts of a Colored Man, the new play by Keenan Scott II, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, which will begin preview performances on Friday, October 1, and open Sunday, October 31 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre. Pritchett replaces originally announced Keith David who has departed the production due to a private family matter.
Producer Moreland said in a statement for the show “The company of Thoughts of a Colored Man supports The David Family during this time and we are also elated to welcome a new member to the family.”
Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Esau Pritchett received a B.A. in Performing Arts Theatre from Oakland University. A resident of New York City since 1998, he has appeared in numerous Regional Theatre productions across the country and guest starring roles on TV shows over the past couple of decades. He recently recurred as Mr. David for two seasons on Fox’s primetime drama Prodigal Son and currently has a recurring role on the STARZ Network drama Power: Book II Raising Kanaan.
The ensemble cast will feature Dyllón Burnside (FX’s Pose), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Da’Vinchi (Showtime’s upcoming Black Mafia Family), Grammy Award nominee Luke James (Showtime’s The Chi), Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys), and Grammy Award nominee Tristan “Mack” Wilds (HBO’s The Wire). The understudies for the production will be Bjorn DuPaty and Garrett Turner.
As the sun rises on a single day in the pulsing heart of Brooklyn, seven Black men are about to discover the extraordinary – together. By Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends spoken word, slam poetry, rhythm, and humor into a daringly universal new play. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud, and thriving in the 21st century.
This richly theatrical mosaic shines brilliant light onto these men, a tight-knit brotherhood, revealing their most triumphant selves. Their vibrant and vulnerable experiences and feelings reverberate far beyond the barbershops and basketball courts of their community. They reveal the deeply human hopes, joys, sorrows, fears, and dreams of all men, all people.
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