The Kitchen presents the NYC Premiere of
Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company
Written and directed by Young Jean Lee
Known for her provocatively satiric performance works, writer/director Young Jean Lee presents the New York premiere of THE SHIPMENT. For this piece, Lee gave herself the most uncomfortable challenge she could imagine: to make—as a Korean-American—a Black American identity politics work. In collaboration with an all-black cast, Lee takes the audience on an awkward and volatile roller-coaster ride through the absurdities and atrocities that arise when trying to discuss the black experience in America. Ludicrous, honest, and devoid of truisms, THE SHIPMENT dares to ask embarrassing questions and
to seek solutions to impossible problems.
THE SHIPMENT was co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University and The Kitchen, and was developed with support from the Rockefeller MAP Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The Tobin Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The work received additional residency support from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Collapsable Hole, IRT Theater, MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists, Orchard Project, and Yaddo. THE SHIPMENT is produced by Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company.
THE SHIPMENT is also made possible in part by a grant from the Ford Foundation and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program.
Young Jean Lee, Artistic Director | Caleb Hammons, Producing Director
YOUNG JEAN LEE'S THEATER COMPANY
Leah Winkler, Associate Director | Lee Sunday Evans, Associate Director
(Work by Young Jean Lee is included in the Applause books One on One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century and the upcoming Duo!: The Best Monologues for Two for the 21st Century.)