DIRECTED BY MOISES ROBERTO BELIZARIO | STARRING STEVEN PRESCOD
"A TOUR DE FORCE"- THE NEW YORK TIMES
"MESMERIZING!"- NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A Brooklyn Boy is a riveting one-man show that tells Steven Prescod's coming-of-age story growing up in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood. Despite his efforts to break free from his neighborhood’s unyielding grip, as an impressionable teenager, Steven was constantly pulled back, ultimately leading to his arrest. While facing a seven-year jail sentence, Steven could have been another statistic. However, he was given a second chance at life.
After a six-week internship at The CityKids Foundation, Steven Prescod discovered the world of acting and met his mentor, former CityKids Artistic Director Moises Roberto Belizario. Together, the two set out to tell Steven’s unique yet universal story, resulting in the tale of love, family, gang violence, and self-acceptance that is A Brooklyn Boy.
Three years ago, Steven performed an excerpt from A Brooklyn Boy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to New York City. Inspired by Steven's performance, Prince William offered to help him in any way he could, which
led to a performance at The National Black Theatre sponsored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Since then, A Brooklyn Boy has been performed at the U.S. Department of Education, the American Museum of Natural History, the Fox Theatre as part of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Success Mentors Initiative inspirED Youth Leadership Lab, General Colin and Mrs. Alma Powell's America's Promise Summit, the Vineyard Theatre, and locally for numerous groups of New York City public school students.
CAST & CREATIVE
Steven Prescod (Performer/Co-Writer) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, by single mother, Katherine Marrast. He found himself in trouble with the law, but was fortunate to participate in an alternative to incarceration program that placed him with The CityKids Foundation, which introduced him to the world of acting. After his time at CityKids, Steven and his mentor, Moises Roberto Belizario, developed a theatrical piece telling the story of his life which ultimately became A Brooklyn Boy. Steven has been featured in Blind starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore, and The Private Life of a Modern Woman featuring Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin.
Moises Roberto Belizario (Director/Co-Writer) was born and raised in Brooklyn, East New York by way of the Dominican Republic. He is the seventh born of nine children, eight of which were boys. Moises found his niche in the family as the storyteller. It was a natural fit for his creativity. For 10 years, Moises severed as the Artistic Director of The CityKids Foundation where he inspired and developed young people to find their voices through the performing arts. His work with young people has been seen from homeless shelters and the White House, to Carnegie Hall and high schools throughout New York City. Through his work, Moises hopes to fill an artistic void by creating works that speak truthfully about Latino & African-American cultures.