Lemon Andersen will work with director Elise Thoron and sound designer Robert Kaplowitz to develop a score for ToasT. This new play honors the poetic history of black oral narratives called "toasts," and brings some of its heroes to the stage in the setting of Attica prison. Andersen's residency takes place in association with the Sundance Institute Theater Program.
Lemon Andersen is an original cast member of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. The show took home the Tony Award for “Special Theatrical Event” in 2003 and the Drama Desk nomination for “Unique Theatrical Experience.” Lemon’s film acting credits include “The Soloist,” starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx, as well as Spike Lee’s “Miracle At St. Anna,” “Sucker Free City,” “She Hate Me,” and he appeared opposite Denzel Washington in “Inside Man.” His theater credits include Slanguage, which was directed by Jo Bonney and premiered at the New York Theater Workshop to rave reviews and sold out shows.
Lemon’s book County of Kings, is published independently by County of Kings Publishing, which also published Lemon’s first book Ready Made Real, a collection of his poetry, and promises to be the Down These Mean Streets for the hiphop generation. He is currently touring County of Kings the show which was produced by Spike Lee and the Culture Project at the Public Theater in October 2009 to critical-acclaim. In April 2012, Lemon was selected by the Sundance Institute as one of eight projects from nearly 900 submissions to participate in the 2012 Theatre Lab from July 9-29th where he will work on his forthcoming play ToasT, about inmates at Attica Prison. The play is a commission by the Public Theater/UTR. A native New Yorker, Lemon was born, raised, and currently resides in Brooklyn.