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U. S. in Focus Programme
Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company: The Shipment

3rd and 4th December, 8 PM

with Hungarian with English subtitles
90 minutes without a break
Trafó Contemporary House of Art

with post-show talk, moderated by Andrea  Tompa critic



  Actors: Jordan Barbour, Mikeah Ernest Jennings, Douglas Scott Streater, Prentice Onayemi, Amelia Workman
Set Design: David Evans Morris
Costume Design:  Roxana Ramseur
Lighting Design: Mark Barton
Sound Design: Matthew Tierney
Choreography: Faye Driscoll
Associate Lighting Designer / Lighting Supervisor: Raquel Davis
Sound Technic: Jason Sebastian
Stage Manager: Aaron Rosenbaum
Written and directed by Young Jean Lee
Produced by Caleb Hammons
 Co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University (World Premiere, October 2008) and The Kitchen (NYC Premiere, January 2009)
Developed with support from the Rockefeller MAP Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The Tobin Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts
Residency support: Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Collapsable Hole, IRT Theater, MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists, Orchard Project, and Yaddo
Production design support: The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation
Made possible in part by a grant from the Ford Foundation and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program

Young Jean Lee became known on the American theatre scene a few years ago. At that time she wrote a play about the stereotypes of Asians. The latest performance of hers is about Blacks and Whites, prejudices and stereotypes and her own boundaries. She is not looking for somebody to blame. She only provokes, makes one laugh and feel embarrassed. Lee’s absurd dialogues recall the popular TV show genres – stand up comedy, cartoon or sitcom, and her actors change from one genre to the other with a perfect sense of style and professionalism. (Ildikó Gáspár)

The play’s title was inspired by a rap song about a drug shipment and at the same time refers to the historical trade in Black slaves. In the prologue, a stand-up comedian provokes the racist in each of us. Comic-style scenes tell the story of a Black youth who wants to become a star rapper and ends up as a crack dealer - extreme stereotypes purveyed by White American media to depict Black America. The very funny final scene is a decadent cocktail party in which the five Black actors play Caucasians. Subversive and irreverent, Young Jean Lee exposes our unconscious filter of racial perception.

“Young Jean Lee confirms herself as one of the best experimental playwrights in America. Her language manages to be both feverishly strange and rigorously intellectual, and she directs her charismatic, talented cast with economy and theatrical dash.” (David Cote, Time Out New York)

Photo by Paula Court

Ticket information: jegy@trafo.hu +36 1 215 1600

Further information: www.trafo.hu, www.youngjeanlee.org