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I Just Want to Tell Somebody

Opening Date: Jun 01, 2023

Closing Date: Jun 18, 2023

Running Time: 01:15

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Playing @

Theater for the New City

155 First Ave New York, NY 10003

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Theater for the New City presents a return engagement of Smokey Stevens in I Just Want to Tell Somebody after its New York premiere in 2022. A one-man, two character theater production directed by Stephen Byrd, the production dramatizes Stevens’ meteoric rise in the entertainment industry and his life long battle with drugs in which he, at long last, prevailed. Smokey plays both himself and his nemesis, a sarcastic doppelganger called “D MAN.” The play ushers us through modern moments of theater history that were Smokey’s triumphs and the journey through drug usage that was nearly his undoing.

Ronald “Smokey” Stevens earned a place on Broadway thanks to raw talent and his wits, becoming a featured ensemble member of such productions as Bubbling Brown Sugar, Inacent Black, Dreamgirls, his own musical Rollin’ on the T.O.B.A. and tours of One Mo’ Time and Ain’t Misbehavin’. His films include The Wiz, The Cotton Club and Times Square. He danced with such greats as tap master Charles “Honi” Coles, Lucille Ball, Cab Calloway and Gregory Hines, to name a few. He’s now Artistic Director of Capital City Readers Theatre in Washington, DC, recipient of the NAACP 11th Annual Theater Arts Award and a documentary filmmaker.
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Masks are optional but encouraged.

Performance Schedule:



Ronald “Smokey” Stevens


Stephen Byrd

Written by

Ronald “Smokey” Stevens

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Box Office

Counter 43".


SVI Permit.

Curb Ramps

All corners.

Passenger Loading Zone


Directions Bus



Unisex: Lobby. Lightweight door 33". Stall 66" x 68". Commode 19". Grab bars.

Directions Subway

6 to Astor Place or
L to 1st Ave or
R, W to 8th St .


Four Theatres: Three on lobby-level (one seating 240, two seating 99 each), one in basement (seats 65). No fixed seating in any of the theaters.


Elevator: For access to basement theater. Lift for one person using wheelchair and one ambulatory person. Operated with key by house manager.


Lobby. Coin slot 61". Cord 29".


Ground level. Double doors in series (each 36"). Easy to operate with adequate maneuvering space.

Visual Assistance


Water Fountain


Assisted Listening System


Wheelchair Info

No fixed seating in any of the theaters.

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

6 to Astor Place or
L to 1st Ave or
R, W to 8th St .

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