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County of Kings



Adapted from the extraordinary life of slam poet, playwright and speaker Lemon Andersen, this riveting on-stage memoir will resonate with young audiences long after they leave the theatre. Touching on young love, the birth of hip hop, slinging crack, ballet, stealing car parts, prison, and poetry, County of Kings takes audiences on an astonishing journey of self-discovery.

County of Kings is a tough, yet poignant biographical account of a good kid growing up in an unforgiving environment. Lemon, whose parents met at a methadone clinic and died from AIDS, served two prison sentences before he was 21 and won a Tony Award before he turned 30. Weaving hard-edged drama with urban poetry, County of Kings is a coming-of-age story told with profound honesty, compassion and humor.

Suggested Ages: 15 and up



Lois Lowry

Author: Lemon Andersen

Adaptation and Direction:
Elise Thoron

Black Boy



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