brownsville song (b-side for tray)

brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 14 - April 6, 2014

Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
There will be no intermission.

by Kimber Lee
directed by Meredith McDonough

We hold tight. We ain’t let go.

Tray is only 18 when an act of senseless violence in his Brooklyn neighborhood brings his young life to a halt, leaving his family to grapple with the weight of his absence. In brownsville song time moves in scattered rhythms, pivoting unpredictably between before and after, as Tray’s loved ones stumble through loss, find each other, and fight their way toward hope.

Kimber Lee’s plays include fight, different words for the same thing, tokyo fish story and brownsville song (b-side for tray). In 2014, Center Theatre Group will present the world premiere of different words for the same thing in Los Angeles. Lee’s work has also been presented by the Lark Play Development Center, Page 73, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, REPRESENT! Playwrights Festival ACT/Seattle, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Southern Rep, and Mo`olelo. Lee’s play fight received the 2010 Holland New Voices Award, and she has been a Lark Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow, Dramatists Guild Fellow, and a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights’ Center. Lee is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the recipient of the 2013 PoNY Fellowship.  She holds a M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.


  • Audience Advisory: Adult language and content.
  • Age Recommendation: Ages 15+ (Grades 10+)
brownsville song (b-side for tray) was developed with support from the Lark Play Development Center, the 2013 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and the 2013 Bay Area Playwrights Festival (a program of the Playwrights Foundation, Amy L. Mueller, Artistic Director).

What the critics are saying about brownsville song (b-side for tray)

“Credit to Actors Theatre for giving plays that ask tough questions a start in the Humana Festival, and for championing writers like Lee on such a high-profile stage. ” – Erin Keane, WFPL

“While Lee never supplies us with any answers as to how to prevent this scourge, she does offer a drama with writing so intimate that it bestows her story with the power to unlock hearts and have audiences more fully and seriously consider the lives at stake today amid the violence in America.” – Kimber Lee, Courier-Journal

“Lee’s script is full of hairpin turns and radical shifts in tone and mood — and director Meredith McDonough (with finely wrought lighting from Ben Stanton) creates a seamless experience that brings quotidian details and great themes together in a fine work of theater.” – Marty Rosen, Leo Weekly



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