Sheldon Best, Sun Mee Chomet, Lizan Mitchell & More to Lead LCT3's 'BROWNSVILLE SONG'
Sheldon Best, Sun Mee Chomet, Lizan Mitchell, Chris Myers and Taliyah Whitaker will comprise the cast of the upcoming LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater New York premiere production of brownsville song (b-side for tray), a new play by Kimber Lee. The production, to be directed by Patricia McGregor, will begin performances Saturday, October 4, running for six weeks only through Sunday, November 16 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street). Opening night is Monday, October 20.
brownsville song (b-side for tray) moves fluidly through time as the family of Tray (Sheldon Best), a spirited 17 year-old whose life is cut short, navigate their grief and find hope together.
Playwright KIMBER LEE's plays include fight and tokyo fish story. Center Theatre Group recently presented the world premiere of her play different words for the same thing in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. 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.
brownsville song (b-side for tray) will be performed Monday and Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 7pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets priced at $20 will be available beginning Saturday, September 13 at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, telecharge.com or by visiting www.lct3.org.
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 will be co-produced by LCT on Broadway this fall 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.
The LCT3 program is supported by generous grants from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, the J & AR Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Endowment support is generously provided by Daryl Roth.
Photo by Xanthe Elbrick