brownsville song (b-side for tray)

brownsville song (b-side for tray)

by  Kimber Lee

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f, 1girl(s)

Moving fluidly between past and present, this bold new play tells the story of Tray, a spirited African-American 18-year-old and his family, who must hold on to hope when Tray's life is cut short.
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brownsville song (b-side for tray)

brownsville song (b-side for tray)

by  Kimber Lee

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Set in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a powerful tale of resilience in the face of tragedy. Moving fluidly between past and present, this bold new play tells the story of Tray, a spirited African-American 18-year-old and his family, who must hold on to hope when Tray's life is cut short. Kimber Lee's lyrical social drama about the shocking death of a young African-American teenager is a poignant story for our time, and demands the attention of audiences far and wide. 
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Accolades

  • NOMINEE - 2015 Lucille Lortel Award

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"Ms. Lee’s language is vivid and rhythmic...[and] it argues persuasively against treating the next neighborhood death as just one more sad statistic." - The New York Times, Read More

"[brownsville song...] has the feel of a rap song made stage-ready." - Huffington Post, Read More

"Kimber Lee’s heartfelt drama about the brief life and senseless death of a kid from a rough Brooklyn neighborhood has a lot to say about urban violence." - Variety, Read More

"Uncompromising in its examination of grief and big-hearted in its belief in forgiveness, brownsville song sings with the rhythms of an often-misrepresented community, following in the footsteps of Lorraine Hansberry and August Wilson." - Theatre Mania, Read More

Videos

  • Kimber Lee on brownsville song (b-side for tray)
  • brownsville song (b-side for tray) - Long Wharf Theatre
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £52 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Late spring, mid-summer, and late summer of the same year. Various locations in and around the Brownsville and East Flatbush neighborhoods in
    Brooklyn, NY.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f, 1girl(s)
LENA - Black. Late 50s – early 60s.
TRAY - Black. 18 years old.
DEVINE - Black and Korean American. 9 years old.
MERRELL - Korean American. 36 years old.
JUNIOR - Black. 18 years old.
BROOKLYN COLLEGE STUDENT - Black. Early-20s. Played by JUNIOR actor.
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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

The fluidity of time in the play should be embodied in the fluidity of the staging; in what ever way the transitions are accomplished, they will be most effective for the story if they are actor-driven and in rhythm.

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Authors

Kimber Lee

Kimber Lee’s plays include fight, tokyo fish story, and brownsville song (b-side for tray), which premiered at the 2014 Humana Festival and will also receive 2014-2015 productions at LCT3, Long Wharf Theatre, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. In May 2014, Center Theatre Group presented the world premiere of her play di ...

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brownsville song (b-side for tray) had its world premiered at the 2014 Humana Festival before receiving its New York City premiere at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater in October, 2014 under the direction of Patricia McGregor. 

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