Andersen's County of Kings to Play the Public Theater

News   Andersen's County of Kings to Play the Public Theater Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee is among the producers of Lemon Andersen's County of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle, which will arrive Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in late September.

The solo piece, previously presented at the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival in January, is scheduled to begin performances Sept. 29 and officially open Oct. 12 at the Public. The engagement is presented by Lee and the Public, as well as the Culture Project, Steve Colman, Tom Wirtshafter and Jayson Jackson.

“Lemon is a young man who possesses a wealth of talent and he knows how to tell a story. He joins the legacy of storytellers from Brooklyn,” Lee said in a statement.

Elise Thoron directs the work in which "Brooklyn hip-hop artist Lemon Andersen spins his own coming-of-age memoir in this jarring and poignant solo performance. A true story of finding passion and purpose against all odds, Lemon paints a vivid portrait of his difficult and sometimes humorous experiences growing up during the most influential cultural movement of our time, the birth of hip-hop."

The production will have set design by Doug Stein and Peter Ksander, lighting design by Jane Cox and Lily Fossner, with sound design by Rob Kaplowitz and Matt Stein.

A regular on Russell Simmons' "Def Poetry" on HBO, Andersen appeared in Spike Lee's "Inside Man" and the recent feature film "The Soloist." He was an original cast member in the Tony Award-winning presentation of Def Poetry Jam. For tickets and further information, phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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