Meet Playwright Bryan-Keyth Wilson

Bryan-Keith, describe yourself for our visitors.

Well I am Bryan-Keyth Wilson, and I love anything artistic. As far as hobbies I love craft projects, a total nerd here! I love doodling in my sketch pad, and reading is a huge part of my life. I am very eclectic when it comes to music. I love gospel, R&B, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, some Rap, and of course Broadway Show tunes. I have a passion for helping people in the industry. I work as the Ministry Administrator at my church and I love seeing people working in Kingdom Building.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I am in church day in and day out. I feel that my creative side is a straight connection with God, because I know that I am a vessel carrying out his work.

Who are your biggest influences?

God, of course. I look at my parents and my family and their struggle has influenced me so much. As far as writers; Judy Bloom, Sue Monk Kidd, Carl Webber and Mya Angelou. Playwrights; Arthur Miller, August Wilson, William Shakespeare, and Jean Baptist Moliere. Directors; Ron Howard, Susan Stroman, Julie Tamor, and Penelope Haseokeoster. Choreographers; Danyale Taylor, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones, and Lester Horton.

Tell us about your journey to writing your first play.

When I was a freshman Musical Theatre Major at Sam Houston State University they had an event called Experimental Theatre Night. I saw that there weren’t as many African Americans in the department so I wanted to do something to showcase the talent. I came back to my dorm room and started writing. The play was titled, No Ways Tired. Still today on of my favorite plays. It deals with a single mother trying to raise her 3 sons. The oldest has forgotten his lineage, the middle son suffers from neglect, and the youngest son is trying to find his way. I wanted to write something that I could identify where I was in my life. Yet, write something that people could look at and mirror their lives. "A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity."

Tell us about your current play?

I am working on 2 plays. First is an adaptation of the best selling novel Confessions of a Preacher’s Wife by Mikasenoja. This play is in the format of a musical and is groundbreaking. We have a great cast of 25 people that have been working diligently since March. We are excited about the book and the play. Hood Boy is the other play that I am working on. It deals with the hip hop generation and the choices they make. It is based on Romans 12:2.

How did you come up with ideas for this play?
With Confessions, the book was the main inspiration for the play. Also people that have been hurt in the church inspired a lot of the undertones of the play. In Hood Boy, I was inspired by the young men in the world that have made the wrong choices in life, but felt that they weren’t love by God.

List your your other play titles.

  • Confessions of a Preacher’s Wife, the musical
  • Hood Boy
  • Katrina’s MarQ
  • Pamlet
  • The Subway Series Pt.1
  • The Pond
  • Holy Ghost Girl
  • What About Christmas

What’s next for you

Well I am near complete with my first novel. I am so excited about this because it is a continuation of Hood Boy and we get to see why Jordan became the person he was. Its dark, gritty, edgy and still packs a powerful spiritual message at the end. I am also in the process of working on a clothing line and a pin-up calendar for the grown and sexy! Also look out for Katrina’s MarQ, my next play!

Where can visitors find you online and other information about your performances?

I am on myspace of course at www.myspace/bwilson1914 and I am at www.bryan-keyth.t83.net.

There are 1 comments for this article
  1. Bryan-Keyth Wilson at 1:48 pm

    thanks so much for the interview.