Full Length Play
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
FEATURES / CONTAINS
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
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
|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.