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Interview with the cast of Young Jean Lee’s “THE SHIPMENT”

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

This is a fun video blog interview we did for The Shipment’s Canadian premiere in Toronto at the HarbourFront Centre.

“Who knew such a paramount social issue like African American racial relations could be presented and executed in such a humorous way? Without taking away from the significance of the matters it revolves around, Young Jean Lee’s THE SHIPMENT is an entertaining display of neo-minstrelsy with a shocking twist at the end.”

For the full interview click HERE


An American-Korean director and playwright tackles black politics in a challenging script that’s brutally funny, and just plain brutal.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

A great review of The Shipment by Young Jean Lee written by Carla Maga for the Torontoist, for the full review click HERE

“Everything in this play works together in harmony—all to disorient the audience as much as possible. It’s a carefully constructed sequence of manipulations that create performances as unique as each individual audience member who is reacting to them.” –  Carla Maga, The Torontoist, (May 11, 2012 AT 12:15 PM)



The Shipment Takes on Toronto, May 9-12th at The HarbourFront Centre

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

It’s been a little while since i’ve update my page but rest assured I’m dedicated to being more diligent in the coming year.

THE SHIPMENT continues its world tour — 4 years and counting, y’all.  WOW.  It has been an incredible experience to perform a work for so many years and have the opportunity to really develop and analyze the nuance and depth of the characters and scenes.  Plus, the original company is together for the first time in a year and it has been a blast!

Photo by: Paula Court

The HarbourFront Centre in Toronto is presenting The Shipment by Young Jean Lee as part of World Stage.

World Stage is committed to providing you with live performance of unparalleled quality. Part of that commitment includes exclusive opportunities to engage with the artists and performers involved with the work.

Young Jean Lee, a rising star of American theatre, dissects what it means to be black in America in this hilarious and shocking play. Brazenly theatrical and transcendentally lyrical, THE SHIPMENT moves from the urban dreams of would-be rappers to the sitcom realism of yuppie domesticity, proving that nothing is ever as it seems. With an ending guaranteed to leave jaws hanging, this is contemporary theatre at its biggest, boldest and most daring.

So far Toronto has been treating me very well, the weather has been grey and rainy, but the hotel is comfortable and the time to reflect on life outside the hustle-and-bustle of New York has been very re-energizing.

Before you go Check out this great trailer for The Shipment!



Monday, October 3rd, 2011

It’s been awhile since my last post.  Lots of life changes, some good, some not so good but definitely motivational.

I just heard that THE SHIPMENT will be shown on the big screen in HD at BAM Cinema on October 17th at 7pm!


Young Jean Lee: The Shipment

Part of 

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 7pm
Post-screening Q&A with Young Jean Lee and company

Written and directed by Young Jean Lee

“…a subversive, seriously funny new theater piece by the adventurous playwright Young Jean Lee” —The New York Times

Playwright and director Young Jean Lee and a talented cast of five African-American performers create an unsettling terrain of well-trodden stereotypes that dare audiences to laugh as they consider their own preconceptions about race and culture. One of the leading and most provocative voices in American contemporary theater, Lee pushes herself to new artistic heights as she confronts her fear about creating an ethnic identity play through the lens of a “black identity politics show.”

The Shipment was filmed by On the Boards (Seattle, WA) as part of, a website offering contemporary performances for streaming and download.

BAM Rose Cinemas
$20; $18 for BAM members

For tickets click HERE.

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ICA Boston
Friday + Saturday
September 21 + 22, 2012
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