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ON THE MOVE: Born in Manhattan, Kan., the youngest of four children, Breaker is no stranger to the peripatetic life having grown up a military brat. He even lived in Germany as a kid and so feels a certain kinship with his character. "I actually went through that whole idea of identity and what it was to be black…certain Europeans would create this image of me and I would accept it to a certain extent. It's my life in a nutshell, now in a play."
THE NAMESAKE: Breaker first encountered the play while at the Sundance Institute festival in 2005. He was already performing in one large show and was approached by the "Passing Strange" folks. "They were like, 'We need a black guy to do this part,'" he recalls. "And I didn't know what it was about. I didn't know who this guy was. I was like, 'His name is Stew? He goes by Stew? That's odd.' But they gave me the script and we started singing and acting and it was just a perfect fit."
HAIRY EXPERIENCE: Inspiration can come in many forms. For Breaker, his acting epiphany came at the age of 11 while watching his older brother perform in "Hair" at a community college. "I remember thinking, 'These people are dancing around naked — I want to do this. Do people get paid for this? They're like singing and dancing and rubbing around in orgies. Sign me up.'"