LCT3's 'BROWNSVILLE SONG' Opens Tonight

The LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of brownsville song (b-side for tray), a new play by Kimber Lee, directed by Patricia McGregor, makes its New York premiere at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street), featuring Sheldon Best, Sun Mee Chomet, Lizan Mitchell, Chris Myers and Taliyah Whitaker. The show opens tonight, October 20, and will play a 6-week limited engagement through Sunday, November 16.

brownsville song (b-side for tray) moves fluidly through time as the family of Tray (Sheldon Best), a spirited 18 year-old whose life is cut short, navigate their grief and find hope together.

The production has sets by Andromache Chalfant, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting by Jiyoun Chang, sound by Asa Wember, and choreography by Paloma McGregor.

Playwright KIMBER LEE's plays include fight and tokyo fish story. Earlier this year, the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles presented the world premiere of her play different words for the same thing. Lee's work has also been presented by the Lark Play Development Center, Page 73, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, REPRESENT!, Playwrights Festival ACT/Seattle, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Southern Rep and Mo`olelo. Lee's play fight received the 2010 Holland New Voices Award, and she has been a Lark Playwrights' Workshop Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights' Center. Lee is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the recipient of the 2013 PoNY Fellowship. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Director PATRICIA McGREGOR's recent credits include The Mountaintop at Philadelphia Theatre Company, Spunk at California Shakespeare Theater, and the world premiere of Hurt Village at Signature Theatre Center. Other directing credits include productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival, BAM, Second Stage, The Public Theater, The Kitchen, The O'Neill, Lincoln Center Institute, Exit Art, and Nuyorican Poetry Cafe. With her sister, choreographer Paloma McGregor, she co-founded Angela's Pulse, an interdisciplinary performance company.

LCT3 was launched by Lincoln Center Theater in 2008 as an initiative to produce the work of new artists and to engage new audiences, with all tickets priced at $20. Most recently, LCT3 produced the New York premiere of Ayad Akhtar's The Who & The What, directed by Kimberly Senior. LCT3 introduced New York theater audiences to Akhtar's work when it produced his play Disgraced, which went on to win the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and is currently be co-produced by LCT on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. Other notable LCT3 productions include Stop Hitting Yourself created by Rude Mechs, Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles (2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Daniel Pearle's A Kid Like Jake, Kirsten Greenidge's The Luck of the Irish, Greg Pierce's Slowgirl, Nathan Louis Jackson's When I Come To Die, Nick Jones' The Coward, Ellen Fairey's Graceland and David Adjmi's Stunning.

brownsville song (b-side for tray) is performed Monday and Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 7pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets, priced at $20, are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, telecharge.com or by visiting www.lct3.org.

Photo Credit: Erin Baiano



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