New York City
Developed & Directed by Elise Thoron. County of Kings, a stage memoir by performance artist, playwright and Tony Award-winning poet Lemon Andersen. Lemon’s one-man journey towards self discovery flows from hard edged drama to street poetry, a vivid portrait of his adverse yet often humorous coming-of-age experiences during 1980’s & 90’s Brooklyn. Andersen’s story taps a loving relationship between a mother and son, neighborhood mores, young romance, juvenile crime, addiction and ultimately redemption and personal triumph. Originally presented by Spike Lee at the Public Theater, County of Kings received an acclaimed New York Times review from Ben Brantley, “Mr. Andersen has a distinctive talent that makes words sing in ways that insist you listen, but it’s the drive that makes him glow.” County of Kings has been staged for American audiences from coast-to-coast, in Europe and South Africa.