Melanie N. Lee
In Bush's 2003, a famous-yet-fading White comedian shifts to the hard right, moving a devoted fan, a left-leaning Black female grad student, to battle to win him back from the "Dark Side".
Melanie N. Lee was born in New York Hospital on December 21, 1956, and was raised in Long Island City and Corona, Queens. She currently lives in Corona.
Melanie earned a BA in Journalism, with a Theater minor, from Pace University/College of White Plains in 1979. She earned an MA in English/Creative Writing from Queens College in 2003; her Masters thesis was a script--lyrics and libretto--for a stage musical adaptation of a cult novel. Her QC teachers included John Weir, Richard Schotter, William Green, Charles Repole, Nicole Cooley, and Kimiko Hahn. She also studied playwriting, screenwriting, and creative writing at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center with Roy Wilson, Alan Zatkow, P.J. Gibson, and other teachers, and playwriting at the Stuyvesant Adult Center with Milton Polsky. She also took a Musical Theater Writing Workshop at the New School with Aaron Frankel and Howard Marren.
She is the librettist for the political oratorio Travis Tanner (FringeNYC 2005), with music by Rob Stephens, and author and co-lyricist for Shua: the Lamb of Freedom (New Life Fellowship, Elmhurst, NY, 2000), a play about the first Passover, with music by Melissa Hoffman and Clay Collins. She also wrote and directed an adaptation of The Gift of the Magi performed by children in an afterschool program at Bayside, Queens.
Melanie has performed in minor roles and in choruses in community theaters in Flushing, Queens, most notably frightening audiences as Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. Most recently, she has sung with the Gotham Rock Choir.