Young Jean Lee, an Obie and ZKB award winning playwright and director (though those two titles don’t really describe her uncanny magic-making) and I are working on a musical. It’s gonna take a long time to write, so don’t hold your breath just yet, but in the meantime, I urge you to check out her show THE SHIPMENT, which is running for the next two weeks at the Kitchen in New York.
She has this fascinating thing she does where she takes on the thing she could least possibly want to write and then makes it awesome. Hence THE SHIPMENT is a black identity/politics piece–and Young Jean’s Korean-American.
UPDATE: Here’s a rave review of THE SHIPMENT in the New York Times’ theater section.
AND ANOTHER UPDATE: Another rave, this one in the New Yorker.