Black N Blue Boys / Broken Men

A senior thesis in directing for Jeffrey Steele

by Dael Orlandersmith

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Based on Dael Orlandersmith’s conversations with young boys in a shelter, Black n’ Blue Boys/Broken Men places us with six men across New York disclosing the traumatic events that led them to becoming the men that they are. The narratives they share are complicated, nuanced, and raw. By dealing with a range of abuse including physical, sexual, and neglect, the play reveals how these events have drastic impacts on the lives of boys and lead to perpetuating cycles of violence in adulthood. It is through addressing this abuse that we hope to initiate healing and move forward in pursuit for joy in spite of pain. 

While originally conceived of as a solo performance, this production will reimagine the show as an ensemble piece with six actors, creating a community that breaks away from the common mold of a man suffering alone.

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Performance Dates & Times

November 9, 2023 - 8:00pm

November 10, 2023 - 8:00pm

November 11, 2023 - 2:00pm

November 11, 2023 - 8:00pm


Theater and Performance Studies Black Box

Venue Accessibility: 
Building is accessible via a ramp on the Church Street side. Venue and facilities are located on the main floor.


Production Team

Stage Manager
Set Designer
Lighting Designer
Allison Calkins
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer