Ronald "Smokey" Stevens' one man show I Just Want to Tell Somebody will return Off-Broadway for a limited engagement November 10-27. Presented at Theater for the New City, the production was previously staged in January 2022.
I Just Want to Tell Somebody dramatizes Stevens' career in the entertainment industry, and his lifelong struggle with drug addiction. Playing both himself and his doppelganger nemesis (called D Man) the piece weaves together theatre history and the depths of drug addiction to bring audience members into his journey. Stevens—whose Broadway credits include Bubbling Brown Sugar, Inacent Black, and Dreamgirls—previously published a memoir, I Just Want To Tell Somebody, the Autobiography of Ronald Smokey Stevens, from which this piece is adapted. An updated edition of his second book, The First 60 Years, The History of Afro-American Musical Theater and Entertainment 1865-1930, was published this year.
I Just Want To Tell Somebody will be directed by Stephen Byrd, who also provided the set design. Lighting design will be by Alexander Bartenieff. Multimedia will be by Larry Law.