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The Book of LambertThe Book of Lambert depicts the lives of six lost souls hiding from society in the subterranean depths of an abandoned NYC subway tunnel. Their leader is Lambert, an African-American man who has been hurt possibly beyond repair by his former love, a beautiful Caucasian woman. A bright but disillusioned ex-college professor, Lambert begins writing a prophetic book on life. In an effort to guide and re-focus this wayward flock, Lambert unleashes his own identity issues while coming face to face with the demons of his past. The Book of Lambert is a telling story of how our histories can haunt us, and how we may or may not recover from them.
Playwright Leslie Lee is a founding artist of La MaMa e.t.c., where his plays have been produced regularly. His acclaimed play, The First Breeze of Summer, starring Leslie Uggams, enjoyed a successful revival in 2008 with the Signature Theatre Company. The First Breeze of Summer, originally produced by the Negro Ensemble Company, went on to win an Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Subsequently, the play moved to the Palace Theatre on Broadway, where it received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Many of Lee’s plays have been produced by the Negro Ensemble Company, the Black Rep in St. Louis and Crossroads Theatre Company in New Jersey. He currently teaches playwriting and screenwriting at NYU and heads the Negro Ensemble Company’s Playwrights’ Unit. Lee’s play, Sundown Names and Night-gone Things, will have its NY Premiere at The Actor’s Playhouse in NYC in May 2009, under the direction of Woodie King, Jr., in a co-production between the Negro Ensemble Company and the New Federal Theatre.
Director Cyndy A. Marion is the Producing Artistic Director of The White Horse Theater Company and was named one of NYTheatre.com’s 2007 People Of The Year. The New York Times praised her for “A very good revival of The Late Henry Moss” and Newsday celebrated her revival of Buried Child saying, “Marion and her cast deliver a deeply compelling staging of a great play.” She directed the world premiere of Leslie Lee’s Mina at La MaMa in 2007 and her directing credits with White Horse include In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Small Craft Warnings, The Late Henry Moss, Buried Child, A Lie of The Mind, States of Shock and True West.
The cast includes Arthur French (Broadway Dividing The Estate, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Iceman Cometh, Lucille Lortel Award winner for Two Trains Running, Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence of Performance), Gloria Sauve (Broadway/Comin Uptown), Joresa Blount, Clinton Faulkner (Manchild in the Promiseland/Abingdon Theater & American Place Theater), Sadrina Johnson (Southern Promises/PS122, WASPS; or Buzz Buzz in your eardrum/Target Margin), Heather Massie (Mina/La MaMa), Omrae D. Smith and Howard L. Wieder (Yellow Face/Queens Theatre in the Park).
The design/production team consists of Andis Gjoni (Set Design), Russel Phillip Drapkin (Lighting Design), David B. Thompson (Costume Design), Joe Gianono (Sound Design), Michael Chin (Fight Choreography), Maxine Kern (Dramaturgy), Elliot Lanes (Stage Manager), Leigh Hile (Assistant Director) and Jen Wiener (Assistant Stage Manager).
|Dates: ||Feb. 14, 2009 - March 1, 2009|
Previews start: Feb. 13, 2009
|Schedule: ||Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm with an added performance on Wed 2/18 at 7:30pm.|
|Venue: ||La Mama Experimental Theater, 74A East 4th St.|
|Price: ||$18; $13 students and seniors|
|Tickets/info: ||(212) 475-7710|
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