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Lee Summers

PLAYWRITING LAB AT SUNY/EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE: SHORT PLAYS

Five short plays where threat takes a strange form.

POETICS JUSTICE

Poetics Justice is an urban near-tragedy that takes place in Harlem on an historic day.

Lee Summers has had nearly 30 productions of his works presented at numerous New York and regional venues such as The Kennedy Center, Metro Stage, Milwaukee Repertory, Arkansas Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Karamu Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Madison Theatre, American Heartland, Theatreworks Palo Alto, Triad Theatre, New World Stages, Urban Arts Theatre, AMAS Musical Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, The Kirk Theatre, Flushing Town Hall, Gramercy Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Radio City Music Hall’s workshop spaces and others.

A member of the Dramatists Guild, a National Alliance for Musical Theatre Alumni Writer/Composer, Summers' award-winning body of work as a writer, composer and lyricist has introduced audiences to a wide range of stories - including contributions of outstanding African American artists in shows such as: The Funkentine Rapture, Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song, From My Hometown: A Rag To Riches Celebration of the American Dream In Classic Rhythm & Blues and If These Shoes Could Talk: A Tap Dance Tale. Summers has also written and composed adaptations of classic literature in original musicals such as Yo’ Alice: A Soulful Adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass” among many others.

Lee Summers works have received critical acclaim along with such honors as The New Professional Theatre's "Our Voices Award" (1996) eight AUDELCO Award nominations including “Best Musical” (2003), selection and presentation in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals (2005), a developmental workshop at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, California (2005), a developmental workshop at Radio City Musical Hall (1999), developmental support from the Shubert Organization (2003), a Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Commendation (2003),  ASCAP Plus Awards (2011-2013) a Bistro Award (2010) and four Michigan 2012 Wilde Award nominations.   Summers is a Yip Harburg (The Wizard of Oz) Fellow.