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brownsville song (b-side for tray) - Full Length Play, Drama

brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Kimber Lee

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f, 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573704024

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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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - 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.


No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language




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


From Off-Broadway

NOMINEE - 2015 Lucille Lortel Award
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. 


"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

Check out these photos from Long Wharf Theatre's production of brownsville song (b-side for tray) in March 2015.

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. 



2m, 2f, 1girl(s)


Features Children, Features Teens, Multicultural casting


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.

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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Kimber Lee

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 different words for the same thing directed by Neel Keller, and tokyo fish story ... view full profile

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