Lee Kitchen

Lee Kitchen

Lee Kitchen’s stories, poetry, essays and illustrations have appeared in newspapers, international journals and literary magazines. Acting credits include his short play Fortune Kooky at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. He has also acted in College and Community Theatre. Lee has a BA, MA in Journalism/Communication, an MBA and over thirty hours in creative writing plus several theatre workshops. Last year, he...
Lee Kitchen’s stories, poetry, essays and illustrations have appeared in newspapers, international journals and literary magazines. Acting credits include his short play Fortune Kooky at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. He has also acted in College and Community Theatre. Lee has a BA, MA in Journalism/Communication, an MBA and over thirty hours in creative writing plus several theatre workshops. Last year, he completed the Dramatist Guild’s Master Play Writing Course and the Dramatist Guild Song Writing Course. His first play several years ago, received the Panelist Favorite award from the late Michael Warren Powell at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. His short play, SCABS, originally selected as a finalist at the Humana Short Play Festival and selected at the Last Frontier Theatre Festival, received the best short screenplay award at the Oaxaca Filmfest last year, the Atlanta Comedy Festival and the Portland Comedy Festival for best TV series. His short play Fourth Quarter Pick-Up was recently optioned by the film maker and director, Jeffrey VanDaniels in Germany. Another short screenplay, The Audition (Bronco’s Dolls Go to Hollywood) was selected last year by the AT&T Creat-A-Thon from three thousand submissions and resulted in a recent film, completed June, 2019. It will premier in Barcelona in January-February.

During a creative/non-fiction class, the award winning writer Bob Shacochis, asked us to explain in writing, why we write. My reply was to get back at the bullies, the bureaucrats, the people who abuse or take advantage of others. I often use humor to embrace the very serious subjects of prejudice, income inequality and hypocrisy. My writing often embraces artists and their struggles.I hope my writing makes people cry, laugh and think seriously about social injustice.
Please go to www.leekitchenwriter.com

Plays

  • SOS (Swans of Stratford)
    SOS. (Swans of Stratford). Journey over eight years to Stratford, Ontario by a male and eight different females accompanying him during eight different trips to Stratford. A narrator makes an appearance and statement during the eight journeys. At the end of the comedy, that includes references to actual productions during the eight years, we learn who the narrator is and why she is so important to the male. The...
    SOS. (Swans of Stratford). Journey over eight years to Stratford, Ontario by a male and eight different females accompanying him during eight different trips to Stratford. A narrator makes an appearance and statement during the eight journeys. At the end of the comedy, that includes references to actual productions during the eight years, we learn who the narrator is and why she is so important to the male. The play was crafted during a Dramatist Guild Workshop in the fall of 2017. Two readings, Atlanta and Tallahassee, contributed to the final version, completed March, 2018. The play was designed so that four women could double. Play calls for seven to nine actors who play sixteen characters. Runs approximately 90 to 100 minutes.
  • Fourth-Quarter Pickup
    Man enters sports bar in search of finding female sports mate. Meets his match.
  • Reposition, current full play and a ten page excerpt by Lee Kitchen
    Humor is used to billboard women’s role as secondary citizens and bit players throughout the history of the world’s religions, particularly Christianity. The devil goes into an ad agency and wants to be a client and he has a ton of money. He blames his image problem on God, his former significant other, who threw him out of her place in heaven. One person in the ad agency actually believes the man is the devil...
    Humor is used to billboard women’s role as secondary citizens and bit players throughout the history of the world’s religions, particularly Christianity. The devil goes into an ad agency and wants to be a client and he has a ton of money. He blames his image problem on God, his former significant other, who threw him out of her place in heaven. One person in the ad agency actually believes the man is the devil while other agency members think the account executive has lost his mind but the fees from the client makes it all worth while. The comedy pokes fun at the advertising industry and reveals about what really went on with the biblical characters up there, according to the devil.

    My background is listed under my profile. I have just returned to writing full-time during the past three years. Two of my short plays have been performed during the past two years at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. My screenplays have won awards during the past two years. I have also completed a pictorial/narrative featuring serious and humorous before and after visuals of commuting on the Harlem Division Line. Fifty years vs. the past two years. My work seems to chase after the bullies and the bureaucrats and bring them to task. A friend and poet once accused my writing as “pissing people off.” A well know writer and American Book Award winner, upon hearing the friend’s comment said, “Good for your.”
  • Shylock Texting 10- Minute Play
    Comedies: Shylock Texting (actor in costume, just finished playing Shylock, has intellectual argument with a Ph.D. in English, who is working on a paper about the image of Shylock) in front of remnants of an audience.
  • Fortune Kooky
    Comedy: Male client and Female psychiatrist interact with dialogue comprised 95% from fortune cookies gathered over ten years at a local Chinese restaurant. Fortune Kooky premiered at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival September 2017 .
  • Scabs
    Scabs, with limited knowledge of Spanish, replace talent, directors, producer and the writer, in a live, Latino soap. The talent used to date. They now despise each other and didn’t see each other until minutes before the live soap. Two stylists battle while the director and producer feud. The comedy is one of lost love, lost translation and elusive fame.
  • JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen
    Based upon real events during the life of two, deceased outsider artists. Revised recently. Screenplay also completed recently.The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen is a full-length comedy in three acts that presents the greed of outsider art (folk art) collectors. The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen takes place in Alabama and it is loosely based on the life of a famous, deceased African American folk artist and...
    Based upon real events during the life of two, deceased outsider artists. Revised recently. Screenplay also completed recently.The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen is a full-length comedy in three acts that presents the greed of outsider art (folk art) collectors. The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen takes place in Alabama and it is loosely based on the life of a famous, deceased African American folk artist and two wealthy art collectors. Caveat: Thank you for considering The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen. A caveat follows: it is a humorous but moralistic story about strong women who overcome the barriers of greed and prejudice, so they can share their unconventional art. It is based loosely on two deceased outsider artists who were alive forty years ago. The screenplay champions women of color and all artists who are often at the mercy self-serving benefactors. When the concept premiered years ago as a stage play, the late Michael Warren Powell awarded it his Panelist Favorite at the Last Frontier Playwriting Festival. The audience laughed and cried at the right places and applauded the reading by professional actors. The end of the reading was punctured by a conference-shattering debate that pitched Michael Warren Powell against the former Black Panther Playwright, Ed Bullins. Mr. Bullins said that “If the play were presented in his neighborhood, they would burn the theatre down.” Mr. Powell replied, “Ed, you only read part of the play. This play is tight, and a good play, and it is about greed, not race.” Much later, at the end of the festival, Mr. Bullins apologized to the playwright. Since then, the screenplay and stage play have been re-written and re-written to clarify that this play is a banner for women of color, particularly during the seventies-eighties when untrained artists had to deal with even more prejudice. You may well ask how a Caucasian man can write about the subject, as an African-American reader challenged me during the reading of Soul Coat, the sequel to the JoJo Mama. My reply in my head: Hemingway once said, “In order to write about life, first you must live it.” That reader had not lived in the place or era and had never met the artists. In today’s politically correct environment, it will take a producer or company with enormous grit to present The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen, a screenplay written by a white man, but the results will be incredibly rewarding for the audience. It’s a story that needs to be told by strong and talented actors directed by someone with a soul to match the talent.
  • Terrarium Earth
    Musical Comedy. Recently revised to include ASL and modified for the HOH audience. Teenage aliens, in search for entertainment, tune into Terrarium Earth and watch a program featuring the life of an advertising executive. Music was transcribed by the former, Buffalo Guitar Quartet.
  • What's Her Name and Pete
    Traveling businessman checks into a room at the Algonquin. A ghost lady appears in his room and begins reciting poetry. He interprets it and communicates with her, often arguing, over the subject of male/female relationships (actually anyone's intimate relationship). The male is trying to recover from a recently, severed relationship. All the poetry is original and a parody of other poetry.