Lemon Andersen is one of the foremost spoken word poets. His starring role in Def Poetry on Broadway earned him a Tony award and his one-man show, County of Kings produced by Spike Lee at the Public Theater garnered critical acclaim. Tomorrow is your last chance to catch County of Kings as a special one night only performance presented by the Hip Hop Theater Festival at El Museo del Barrio.
Lemon Andersen’s County of Kings gives a tough, yet poignant biographical account of a good kid growing up in an unforgiving environment. Lemon, whose parents met at a methadone clinic and passed away from AIDS, served two prison sentences before he was 21 and won a Tony before 30. His on-stage memoir touches on young love, the birth of hip-hop, slinging crack, ballet, stealing car parts, prison, and poetry as he takes the audience on an astonishing and surprising one-man journey toward self discovery. Weaving hard-edged drama with urban poetry, this Brooklyn bred performer tells his coming-of-age story with profound honesty, compassion and humor. A true story of finding passion in the arts and finding one’s way, Lemon paints a vivid portrait of his own life and the lives of countless other New Yorkers during the 80’s and 90’s.
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