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Lincoln Center Theater Announces Casting for "brownsville song (b-side for tray)"

SHELDON BEST, SUN MEE CHOMET, LIZAN MITCHELL, CHRIS MYERS, TALIYAH WHITAKER
TO BE FEATURED IN THE
LCT3/LINCOLN CENTER THEATER
NEW YORK PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF

brownsville song (b-side for tray)

A new play by KIMBER LEE

Directed by PATRICIA McGREGOR

6 WEEKS ONLY!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16
OPENING NIGHT, MONDAY, OCTOBER 20
AT THE CLAIRE TOW THEATER

Sheldon Best, Sun Mee Chomet, Lizan Mitchell, Chris Myers and Taliyah Whitaker will comprise the cast of the upcoming LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater New York premiere production of brownsville song (b-side for tray), a new play by Kimber Lee.  The production, to be directed by Patricia McGregor, will begin performances Saturday, October 4, running for six weeks only through Sunday, November 16 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street).  Opening night is Monday, October 20.

brownsville song (b-side for tray) moves fluidly through time as the family of Tray (Sheldon Best), a spirited 17 year-old whose life is cut short, navigate their grief and find hope together.

Playwright KIMBER LEE’s playsinclude fight and tokyo fish story. CenterTheatre Group recently presentedthe world premiere ofher play different words for the same thing in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Lee’s work has also beenpresented by the Lark Play DevelopmentCenter, Page 73, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils,the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, REPRESENT!, Playwrights Festival ACT/Seattle, Great PlainsTheatre Conference, Southern Rep and Mo`olelo.Lee’s play fight received the 2010 HollandNew Voices Award, and she has been a LarkPlaywrights’ Workshop Fellow, a DramatistsGuild Fellow, and a Core Apprentice at ThePlaywrights’ Center. Lee is currently a memberof the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the recipient ofthe 2013 PoNY Fellowship. She holds an M.F.A.from the University of Texas at Austin.

Director PATRICIA McGREGOR’s recent credits include The Mountaintop at Philadelphia Theatre Company, Spunk at California Shakespeare Theater, and the world premiere of Hurt Village at Signature Theatre Center. Other directing credits include productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival, BAM, Second Stage, The Public Theater, The Kitchen, The O'Neill, Lincoln Center Institute, Exit Art, and Nuyorican Poetry Cafe. With her sister, choreographer Paloma McGregor, she co-founded Angela's Pulse, an interdisciplinary performance company.

brownsville song (b-side for tray) will have sets by Andromache Chalfant, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting by Jiyoun Chang, sound by Asa Wember, and choreography by Paloma McGregor. 

brownsville song (b-side for tray) will be performed Monday and Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 7pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.  Tickets priced at $20 will be available beginningSaturday, September 13 at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, telecharge.com or by visiting www.lct3.org.

LCT3 was launched by Lincoln Center Theater in 2008 as an initiative to produce the work of new artists and to engage new audiences, with all tickets priced at $20.  Most recently, LCT3 produced the New York premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s The Who & The What, directed by Kimberly Senior.  LCT3 introduced New York theater audiences to Akhtar’s work when it produced his play Disgraced, which went on to win the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and will be co-produced by LCT on Broadway this fall at the Lyceum Theatre.  Other notable LCT3 productions include Stop Hitting Yourself created by Rude Mechs, Amy Herzog’s4000 Miles (2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Daniel Pearle’s A Kid Like Jake, Kirsten Greenidge’s The Luck of the Irish, Greg Pierce’s Slowgirl, Nathan Louis Jackson’s When I Come To Die, Nick Jones’ The Coward, Ellen Fairey’s Graceland and David Adjmi’s Stunning.

The LCT3 program is supported by generous grants from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, the J & AR Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  Endowment support is generously provided by Daryl Roth.

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SHELDON BEST New York Theater: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Atlantic); The Boy: A Black Comedy (Foundry); Romeo N’ JulietA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Geek!, Alice in Slasherland (Vampire Cowboys); Years of Sky (Scripts Up!/59E59); Freed (Penguin Rep./59E59); Paradox of the Urban Cliché (LAByrinth); To Toronto (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Gentrifusion: Crawl (Red Fern). TV:The Good WifeUnforgettablePerson of InterestThe Hunt.

SUN MEE CHOMET Theater: Dirt SticksA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ten Thousand Things Theater); OthelloHow to Be a Korean WomanThe Burial at ThebesMacbethThe Intelligent HomosexualTwo Gentlemen of VeronaAfter 100 Years (Guthrie); Elemeno Pea (Mixed Blood Theatre); How to Be a Korean Woman (Post Theater); Asiamnesia (playwright), Cowboy vs. Samurai (Mu Performing Arts); 36 Views (Walking Shadow Theatre); 100 Men’s Wife (History Theatre); Metamorphoses (Hartford, Cincinnati Playhouse, Kansas City Rep).

LIZAN MITCHELL Broadway: ElectraHaving Our SaySo Long on Lonely Street. Off-Broadway: CellRosmersholmfor colored girls… (25th Anniversary), GumSaltMa Rose.  Film: After LifeThe Final PatientThe Human StainBrother to Brother. TV: We’ll Never Have ParisGolden BoyMuhammad Ali’s Greatest FightThe Good WifeLaw & Order: Criminal IntentAs the World TurnsJohn AdamsOne Life to LiveLaw & OrderThird WatchGuiding LightHaving Our SayThe Preacher’s WifeSesame Street.

CHRIS MYERS Off-Broadway: An Octoroon (Obie), HonkyAlondra Was HerePhoebe in WinterAs Himself/10x25Macbeth.   Regional: FencesYouth Ink Festival  (McCarter); The Golden Dragon (Studio Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Co.).  Film: Change Clothes.

TALIYAH WHITAKER TV: Wally Kazam (series regular), Team UmiZoomi  (Nickelodeon); Odd Squad (series regular); Sesame Street (principal); Saturday Night LiveLate Night with Jimmy FallonThe Daily Show.   Training: The Performing Option, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Val Voice Academy. Member of the Young People’s Chorus.