The Shipment
First Staged:
The Kitchen, New York City, 2009

The Shipment

By Young Jean Lee

The Shipment is a provocative look at African-American identity in today's not-quite post-racial society.

Not afraid to tackle thorny issues of race and religion, Young Jean Lee is New York’s most adventurous downtown playwright. She began by setting herself the most uncomfortable challenge she could imagine: to make, as a Korean-American, a work about African-American identity and politics.

Developed in collaboration with an all-black cast, this biting satire invites audiences on a rollercoaster ride through the assumptions, clichés and distortions that arise when exploring the experience of African-Americans today.

Cultural caricatures, from a foul-mouthed comedian to a drug dealer-turned-rapper superstar, are parodied in a series of variety numbers reminiscent of a minstrel show.

Press Quotes

'A subversive, seriously funny new theater piece by the adventurous playwright Young Jean Lee... Ms. Lee does not shy away from prodding the audience’s racial sensitivities - or insensitivities - in a style that is sometimes sly and subtle, sometimes as blunt as a poke in the eye.'

New York Times

Also by Young Jean Lee:

Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Other Plays
The Shipment and Lear: two plays
We're Gonna Die
Straight White Men & Untitled Feminist Show: two plays

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