Thoughts of a Colored Man in New York, NY

John Golden Theatre252 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036
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COVID Policy: The theatre has established COVID-19 safety measures including, but not limited to, a requirement to show proof of being fully vaccinated within at least 14 days of the show and a requirement to wear a mask at all times inside the theatre regardless of vaccination status. Children under 12 or people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. 


If you want to laugh, cry, and become enlightened Thoughts of a Colored Man is a must-see. The debut production by Keenan Scott II modernizes what it is like to be Black in today’s world. Journey through Brooklyn with 7 “brothers” as they navigate the highs and lows of life together.

Good To Know

  • Masks required.
  • Vaccinations required: must present proof.
  • Photo ID required.
  • The show is 90 minutes. No intermission.
  • Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are no steps into the theatre.
  • No cameras, cell phones, or recording devices are allowed.


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Thoughts of a Colored Man is a new American play for a new Broadway.

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.

Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission

MASKS REQUIRED: All guests must wear a properly fitting mask over the nose and mouth in the theatre except when eating or drinking in designated areas.
VACCINATIONS REQUIRED: All guests must be fully vaccinated to enter the theatre and must present digital or physical proof at the door.
• Children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination may show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
PHOTO ID: Guests ages 18 and older must present a valid government-issued photo ID. Guests under 18 may also show a school ID, birth certificate or social security card (Photo is not required). Guests under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thoughts of a Colored Man

Where is the theater located?

Thoughts of a Colored Man is performed at the John Golden Theatre located at 252 W 45th Street, New York, NY 10036.

How long is the show?

The show is approximately 90 minutes (no intermission) 

Is the John Golden Theatre Theatre wheelchair accessible?

Four ADA Compliant seats with companion seating, transfer options are available. Four ADA-compliant viewing locations with companion seating transfers are available. 9-row end seats with folding armrests.

Can I bring my camera to the theater?

Absolutely no photography or video is allowed into the theater.

When should I arrive for my show?

The theater doors open approximately 45 minutes before the show. It is recommended that audiences arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show beginning to find their seats, browse the available show merchandise, and settle in before showtime.

 Is this show appropriate for children?

Yes. The show is recommended for ages 12+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted into the theater. 

 Are concessions available for purchase within the theater?

Yes. Cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks are available for purchase.