“A Brooklyn Boy,” an exciting and engrossing dramatic memoir, takes the one-man show to new theatrical heights at the East Side Playhouse. Starring the multi-talented Steven Prescod, the play features family and friends from the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of his youth, as well as songs and music brilliantly punctuated with modern and hip-hop dance.

In this small, black-box storefront theater, Prescod commands attention with his quick character turns, from his father to his mother when he woos her at a neighborhood dance. His mother becomes pregnant at the age of 15 and enter Steven, who soon loses his father to prison at the age of 1 year. Prescod then delivers a riveting tale of friends from the age of 7 to his teenaged years who pressure him into a street life of assault and robbery of unlikely victims on the streets of Brooklyn. He easily slips in and out of many characters, old and young, with telling physical traits and diverse speaking voices.

In dramatic contrast, his family, including his mother, grandmother and grandfather of Caribbean descent, provide a Christian upbringing and advice to young Steven. He feels that his grandfather “was trying to drill religion into him.” By the time he was 17, he says “I felt that I was already headed to hell.”

Prescod wrote the book, music and lyrics with Moises Roberto Belizario under the auspices of the City Kids Foundation. Instead of a prison term, Steven opts for the alternative teen program at City Kids and probation. Under Belizario’s direction, Prescod tells his story and renders an inspiring coming-of-age tale that revisits some good times as well as troubling moments for young Steven.

Visual backdrop designs by Brad Peterson and Howard Olah-Reiken projected on a black backdrop colorfully illustrate the various locations of his story. Anjelica Dorman, Terrance James, Ernest Lewis and Ben Vernon provide additional music.

Prescod’s show is fresh and timely for all ages, but especially relevant and educational for young people. The show runs through the end of April, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the East Side Playhouse, 350 E. Sixth St.