A New York City day with DeSean Stokes and photographer Jared Siskin

DeSean Stokes, accompanied by pianist Marjorie Eliot. While rehearsing for the New York stage production of An Evening with Langston Hughes in June 2014, the pair recorded their session at Marjorie’s home (aka The Parlor). The recording is a blend of Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall in Love” and Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem Night Song”.

June 17-29, 2014 — The Hadley Players present An Evening with Langston Hughes. Directed by Janet Mitchell. Featuring Richarda Abrams*, Kimberlee Monroe*, Roger Parris, and DeSean Stokes*.  Photo: Larry Floyd

June 17-29, 2014 — The Hadley Players present An Evening with Langston Hughes. Directed by Janet Mitchell. Featuring Richarda Abrams*, Kimberlee Monroe*, Roger Parris, and DeSean Stokes*.  Photo: Larry Floyd

"Stokes makes a strong leading man, believable as a young thinker on the verge of madness." —OffOffOnline 
(Strindberg’s To Damascus, Part One, directed by Robert Greer.  Photo by Ina Stinus.)

"Stokes makes a strong leading man, believable as a young thinker on the verge of madness." —OffOffOnline 

(Strindberg’s To Damascus, Part One, directed by Robert Greer.  Photo by Ina Stinus.)


August Strindberg’s To Damascus Part I (Set in Harlem 1962) — DeSean Stokes as an author in mid-career and Kersti Bryan as his mistress. In this adaptation, Strindberg’s “alter-ego” is compared to Amiri Baraka, whose marriage to Hettie Cohen in the 1960s was a source of joy and endurable anxieties. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.  www.strindberg.org

August Strindberg’s To Damascus Part I (Set in Harlem 1962)DeSean Stokes as an author in mid-career and Kersti Bryan as his mistress. In this adaptation, Strindberg’s “alter-ego” is compared to Amiri Baraka, whose marriage to Hettie Cohen in the 1960s was a source of joy and endurable anxieties. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.  www.strindberg.org

Opening Night of Sassy Mamas, a romantic comedy (presented by the HADLEY Players).  DeSean is featured as sports journalist Wes Washington.  Production runs Mar 11-23, 2014 at the Poet’s Den Theatre.  www.hadleyplayers.org

Opening Night of Sassy Mamas, a romantic comedy (presented by the HADLEY Players).  DeSean is featured as sports journalist Wes Washington.  Production runs Mar 11-23, 2014 at the Poet’s Den Theatre.  www.hadleyplayers.org

DeSean’s ancestry story is featured on 23andMe.com, where he shared the role his late grandmother has played in both his music and in exploring his roots.  Read more.

DeSean’s ancestry story is featured on 23andMe.com, where he shared the role his late grandmother has played in both his music and in exploring his roots.  Read more.

Stage Door: (Above) DeSean with actor Frankie Faison and director Woodie King, Jr.  (Below)  DeSean attends What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined starring his buddy Nathaly Lopez.  Visit Nathaly’s website at: www.nathalylopez.com

Stage Door: (Above) DeSean with actor Frankie Faison and director Woodie King, Jr.  (Below)  DeSean attends What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined starring his buddy Nathaly Lopez.  Visit Nathaly’s website at: www.nathalylopez.com

DeSean and Carol Carter in The Morningside Players’ production of The Old Settler, directed by Ajene Washington.

DeSean and Carol Carter in The Morningside Players’ production of The Old Settler, directed by Ajene Washington.

The Old Settler presented by the Morningside Players.  DeSean Stokes as Husband Witherspoon.  Photo by Patrick Mahaney.

The Old Settler presented by the Morningside Players.  DeSean Stokes as Husband Witherspoon.  Photo by Patrick Mahaney.


Home/Doing Something Good written by J. Holtham and presented by the Red Fern Theatre Co., with Stephanie Nicole Kelley, Brad Thomason and DeSean Stokes.  Directed by Elizabeth Flax.

Home/Doing Something Good written by J. Holtham and presented by the Red Fern Theatre Co., with Stephanie Nicole Kelley, Brad Thomason and DeSean Stokes.  Directed by Elizabeth Flax.

Ley Smith and DeSean Stokes in August Strindberg’s Easter.  Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
"The company’s charismatic Ley Smith plays Lenora … For much of the action, Lenora shares the scene with Benjamin, a schoolboy boarder played by the talented DeSean Stokes." -Marcelle Thiebaux

Ley Smith and DeSean Stokes in August Strindberg’s Easter.  Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

"The company’s charismatic Ley Smith plays Lenora … For much of the action, Lenora shares the scene with Benjamin, a schoolboy boarder played by the talented DeSean Stokes." -Marcelle Thiebaux

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