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  • 18 September

    Barbican - The Pit

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    THE SHIPMENT

    (USA)

    Young Jean Lee

    Young Jean Lee set herself the most uncomfortable challenge she could imagine: to make, as a Korean- American, a work about African- American identity and politics.

    Developed in collaboration with an all-black cast, biting satire ‘THE SHIPMENT’ invited audiences on a rollercoaster ride through the assumptions, clichés and distortions that arise when exploring the experience of African-Americans today. Cultural caricatures, from a foul-mouthed comedian to a drug dealer-turned-rapper superstar, were parodied in a series of variety numbers reminiscent of a minstrel show.


    One of the most accomplished, versatile and hilarious artists America has to offer - I love everything about Young Jean Lee

    Lou Reed

    Presented by LIFT and the Barbican. Supported by Mid Atlantic arts foundation through USArtists international in Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University and The Kitchen.