The Inspired Word presents a dazzling night of poetry and storytelling: Lemon Andersen - A Poet's Stories @ the famed Tammany Hall.
One Night Only.
When: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: - Doors open 7:30pm, showtime 8pm
Where: Tammany Hall
152 Orchard Street
Phone: (212) 228-7556, (917) 703-1512
Cover: $12 (online via http://lemonandersenstories.eventbrite.com), $15 (at door)
21+ age limit (make sure to bring valid ID)
Lemon Andersen is a playwright, performance artist, brand designer, and Tony Award-winning poet.
The Sundance Institute commissioned the development of ToasT, Lemon's new play to be staged in 2014 at the Public Theater in New York City. For a decade, his performances have rocked iconic venues including Harlem's Apollo Theater, San Francisco’s Theatre On The Square, Gammage in Arizona, Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, Brooklyn’s Irondale Center, the Chicago Theatre, New York State’s Spiegeltent, and the Kodak and Montalban Theatres in Los Angeles.
Spike Lee produced Lemon's coming-of-age autobiographical memoir County of Kings at the Public Theater. His performance received an acclaimed review from Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Since its 2009 debut, County of Kings has been staged in the United States from coast-to-coast, in Europe and South Africa. Published in 2010, the play’s script was awarded the New York Book Festival’s Grand Prize.
Lemon won a Tony Award in 2003 for Def Poetry Jam, produced by Russell Simmons on Broadway and broadcast on HBO for six seasons. He earned his classically trained chops at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab and his work has received support from the Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation, Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As a guest instructor at the esteemed Stella Adler Studio (2011-2012) Lemon developed the first spoken-word intensive to be offered at an actors’ conservatory. He has led college workshops and performed at campuses, from the University of Wisconsin to Syracuse University to UC Berkeley and Harvard.
In 2011 the TED organization invited Lemon to perform at their inaugural TEDYouth event, live streamed to 16 countries. Lemon was also selected to join the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Retreat that same year. In the spring of 2012 Lemon participated in Australia's Sydney Writers Festival and New Zealand's Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.
On the big screen, Lemon appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and in The Soloist, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. LEMON, a documentary film portrait of his life and career path (Executive Producers, Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan) was applauded at domestic and international film festivals prior to its National PBS Broadcast in the fall of 2012.
Lemon has been interviewed and profiled by National Public Radio, The New York Times, NBC TV, and The Wall Street Journal. His engaged YouTube audience totals upwards of one million video views.
A native New Yorker, Lemon proudly represents Brooklyn.
Presented by Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word