BEAT Closing Performance & Party
Witness Lemon Andersen Perform a Sneak Preview of his
Newest Performance Piece, “ToasT”
BEAT Closing Performance & Party
Featuring Lemon Andersen
Saturday, Sept 21st | 7pm
CBE Ballroom | $20
Sponsored by: Brooklyn Brewery
Celebrate the close of our second annual festival with all of this year’s artists in the ballroom at CBE. Lemon Andersen will be introducing characters from his new play “ToasT” which has been commissioned by the Public Theater with help and development from The Sundance Institute. Through poetry and spoken word “Toasting” is an oral tradition driven from the black experience. The unique cast of characters in Andersen’s new play are folklore heroes engaged in narrative and telling stories based on this tradition. For this event, Andersen will be performing and will possibly be joined by some special guests. Enjoy and be ready to Signify.
Also, be on the lookout for our silent auction which features: a Barclays Center Suite to the Phoenix Concert on Oct 2nd, a Round of Golf at Hudson National (a top 100 course), show tickets, visual art, and much, much more!
About Lemon Andersen
Lemon Andersen is a performance artist, playwright, brand designer, and Tony Award-winning poet.
The Sundance Institute commissioned the development of ToasT, Lemon’s new play to be staged in 2014 at the Public Theater in New York City. For a decade, his performances have rocked iconic venues including Harlem’s Apollo Theater, San Francisco’s Theatre On The Square, Gammage in Arizona, Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, Brooklyn’s Irondale Center, the Chicago Theatre, New York State’s Spiegeltent, and the Kodak and Montalban Theatres in Los Angeles.
Spike Lee produced Lemon’s coming-of-age autobiographical memoir County of Kings at the Public Theater. His performance received an acclaimed review from Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Since its 2009 debut, County of Kings has been staged in the United States from coast-to-coast, in Europe and South Africa. Published in 2010, the play’s script was awarded the New York Book Festival’s Grand Prize.
Lemon won a Tony Award in 2003 for Def Poetry Jam, produced by Russell Simmons on Broadway and broadcast on HBO for six seasons. He earned his classically trained chops at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab and his work has received support from the Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation, Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As a guest instructor at the esteemed Stella Adler Studio (2011-2012) Lemon developed the first spoken-word intensive to be offered at an actors’ conservatory. He has led college workshops and performed at campuses, from the University of Wisconsin to Syracuse University to UC Berkeley and Harvard.
In 2011 the TED organization invited Lemon to perform at their inaugural TEDYouth event, live streamed to 16 countries. Lemon was also selected to join the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Retreat that same year. In the spring of 2012 Lemon participated in Australia’s Sydney Writers Festival and New Zealand’s Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.
On the big screen, Lemon appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and in The Soloist, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. LEMON, a documentary film portrait of his life and career path (Executive Producers, Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan) was applauded at domestic and international film festivals prior to its National PBS Broadcast in the fall of 2012.
Lemon has been interviewed and profiled by National Public Radio, The New York Times, NBC TV, and The Wall Street Journal. His engaged YouTube audience totals upwards of one million video views.
A native New Yorker, Lemon proudly represents Brooklyn.