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    May 21-June 13, 2015

    Staged through a series of theatrical vignettes, The Shipment is in an irreverent look at African-American identity, challenging stereotypes in a not yet post-racial society. Using a veil of humor including politically-charged standup, sketch, short drama, music, and movement, playwright Young Jean Lee shines a subversive, engaging light on the racial filter through which we perceive the world.

    "[The Shipment explores] just how much skin color continues to frame the way we see each other—even in a post-race, Barack Obama-electing America. It’s an early example of what will hopefully be an avalanche of smart, fearless work that brings the same fresh feel to the artistic conversation about race that is said to imbue today’s politics." 
    -Kai Wright, The Root

    The Shipment premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2008. The Brooklyn-based filmmaker, director, and playwright Young Jean Lee is dedicated to producing experimental, multi-cultural works that ask the audience to confront their discomfort. This is a return to Lee’s work after Forum’s 2012’s production of Church.

    Michael Dove talks about The Shipment on the OpenForum blog

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    YOUNG JEAN LEE (Playwright) is a writer, director and filmmaker who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. She has written and directed ten shows in New York with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. Her plays have been published by Theatre Communications Group (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Other Plays; The Shipment and Lear; and We’re Gonna Die) and by Samuel French (Three Plays by Young Jean Lee). She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has written a screenplay commission for Plan B/Paramount Pictures. Her first short film, Here Come the Girls, was presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. She is currently a resident artist with The Wooster Group and is completing her second short film, A Meaning Full Life, starring Paul Lazar, Wallace Shawn and Kate Valk. Last year, she released her debut album, We’re Gonna Die, with her band, Future Wife. Lee is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Doris Duke Artist Residency, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, and the ZKB Patronage Prize of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. She has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Creative Capital, the Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Arts Presenters/Ford Foundation Creative Capacity Grant, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts: National Theater Project Award.
    PSALMAYENE 24 (Director) is an award-winning director, playwright, and actor. He has directed Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth, P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical, and Cinderella: The Remix (collectively known as The Hip-Hop Children's Trilogy). Other directing credits include The Welders' world premiere production of Not Enuf Lifetimes by Caleen Sinnette Jennings and the Mead Theatre Lab production of Hueman Prophets' Read: White and Blue. Upcoming directing projects include Word Becomes Flesh (Theater Alliance) and The Freshest Snow Whyte (Imagination Stage).