The Shipment by Young Jean Lee

“Also, sometimes when I’m talking to someone, I realize that I’ve said something I shouldn’t have said. And that makes me feel bad. And sometimes I feel bad about it for a long time after I’ve said the bad thing. And sometimes I curse myself in my mind or even out loud.”

Adam A. Anderson, Christopher Piper, Akron Watson, Beverly Johnson, and David Jeremiah

Adam A. Anderson, Christopher Piper, Akron Watson, Beverly Johnson, and David Jeremiah

A Regional Premiere directed by Stan Wojewodski Jr.

June 4 – June 25, 2011 at Undermain Theatre

The Shipment is a hilarious and revealing variety show, probing the blister of race relations through multiple theatrical constructs: a stand-up comedy act, a song and dance number, a cartoonish rags-to-riches story and a naturalistic drawing room number with an uncomfortable punch-line.

Young Jean Lee had been produced once before at Undermain back in 2007 with The Appeal, a supercharged electronica take on the Romantic Poets Byron, Wordsworth, and Coleridge.

Cast and Creatives

Young Jean Lee Playwright

Young Jean Lee
Playwright

Stan Wojewodski Jr. Director

Stan Wojewodski Jr.
Director

Bruce DuBose

Bruce DuBose
Sound Design

Rachel Finn Scenic and Costume Design

Rachel Finn
Scenic and Costume Design

Steve Woods Lighting Designer

Steve Woods
Lighting Design

Ryan Lescalleet Stage Management

Ryan Lescalleet
Stage Management

Cast

Adam A. Anderson Dancer 2, Michael 1, Crackhead John, Bad Cop 2, Sashay, Singer, Omar 2

Adam A. Anderson
Dancer 2, Michael 1, Crackhead John, Bad Cop 2, Sashay, Singer, Omar 2

Adam Anderson Announcer, Omar 1, Singer, Thomas

Adam Anderson
Announcer, Omar 1, Singer, Thomas

Beverly Johnson Mama 1, Mama 2, Video Ho,  Grandma from Heaven, Singer, Thomasina

Beverly Johnson
Mama 1, Mama 2, Video Ho,
Grandma from Heaven, Singer, Thomasina

Chris Piper Dancer 1, Desmond,  Bill the Record Company Executive, Singer

Chris Piper
Dancer 1, Desmond,
Bill the Record Company Executive, Singer

Akron Watson Stand-Up Comedian, Grandpa Joe,  Paul the Extreme, Bad Cop 1, Singer, Michael 2

Akron Watson
Stand-Up Comedian, Grandpa Joe,
Paul the Extreme, Bad Cop 1, Singer, Michael 2

Photo Archive

Pictured: Christopher Piper as Dancer 1.

Pictured: Christopher Piper as Dancer 1.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Piper as Dancer 1, and Adam A. Anderson as Dancer 2.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Piper as Dancer 1, and Adam A. Anderson as Dancer 2.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Piper as Dancer 1, and Adam A. Anderson as Dancer 2.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Piper as Dancer 1, and Adam A. Anderson as Dancer 2.

Pictured: Akron Watson as Stand-Up Comedian.

Pictured: Akron Watson as Stand-Up Comedian.

Pictured: Akron Watson as Stand-Up Comedian.

Pictured: Akron Watson as Stand-Up Comedian.

Pictured: Akron Watson as Stand-Up Comedian.

Pictured: Akron Watson as Stand-Up Comedian.

Pictured: Akron Watson as Stand-Up Comedian.

Pictured: Akron Watson as Stand-Up Comedian.

Pictured, L to R: David Jeremiah as Omar 1, Christopher Piper as The Record Company Executive,  and Adam A. Anderson as Crackhead John.

Pictured, L to R: David Jeremiah as Omar 1, Christopher Piper as The Record Company Executive, and Adam A. Anderson as Crackhead John.

Pictured, L to R: Adam A. Anderson as Omar 2, Christopher Piper as Desmond, Akron Watson as Michael 2,  Beverly Johnson as Thomasina and David Jeremiah as Thomas.

Pictured, L to R: Adam A. Anderson as Omar 2, Christopher Piper as Desmond, Akron Watson as Michael 2, Beverly Johnson as Thomasina and David Jeremiah as Thomas.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Piper as Desmond, David Jeremiah as Thomas,  and Beverly Johnson as Thomasina

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Piper as Desmond, David Jeremiah as Thomas, and Beverly Johnson as Thomasina

Pictured, L to R: Beverly Johnson as Thomasina, David Jeremiah as Thomas, Akron Watson as Michael 2,  and Christopher Piper as Desmond.

Pictured, L to R: Beverly Johnson as Thomasina, David Jeremiah as Thomas, Akron Watson as Michael 2, and Christopher Piper as Desmond.

Pictured, L to R: David Jeremiah as Thomas, and Akron Watson as Michael 2.

Pictured, L to R: David Jeremiah as Thomas, and Akron Watson as Michael 2.

Poster Design: Paul Semrad

Poster Design: Paul Semrad

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