Lee Kitchen

Lee Kitchen

Lee Kitchen's recently completed screenplay of the JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Westfield Screenwriting Awards. The screenplay has only been distributed to three contests so far. His short screenplay (44 pages), SCABS, received Best Comedy Television Episode at the recent Portland Comedy Film Festival and The Best Short Screenplay Award at the October, 2018 Oaxaca Filmfest...
Lee Kitchen's recently completed screenplay of the JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Westfield Screenwriting Awards. The screenplay has only been distributed to three contests so far. His short screenplay (44 pages), SCABS, received Best Comedy Television Episode at the recent Portland Comedy Film Festival and The Best Short Screenplay Award at the October, 2018 Oaxaca Filmfest in Oaxaca, Mexico. It was also awarded Best Screenplay at the recent Atlanta Comedy Festival and is included in the Milan International Film Festival in December. Lee is the author of more than a seven full-length plays, three screenplays, two one act plays and a dozen ten-minute plays.“Scabs” the ten-minute play and the origin of the award winning screenplay, was accepted at the Last Frontier Theatre Playwriting Contest and a short play finalist at the Humana Festival. His play His “JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen” was selected by Michael Warren Powell as his Panelist Favorite at an earlier Last Frontier Playwriting Contest. It also was runner-up at a Dallas Theatre Playwriting Competition. His ten-minute play, "Fortune Kooky" premiered, September 3rd at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. Just completed a new play, SOS (Swans of Stratford) and revised a new play, Soul Coat. Screen play, Scabs, was a finalist in seven international screenplay festivals during the past five months. A recent short screenplay was filmed partially at the Warner Brothers lot 1 in Los Angeles as part of the AT&T Create-A-Thon. The film is being edited now. https://filmfreeway.com/rkitchen

Lee Kitchen’s stories, poetry, essays and illustrations have appeared in newspapers, international journals and literary magazines. Two years ago, China Fortune Press, in Beijing, China published his book, “You the Brand”. He has acted in College and Community Theatre and has extensive experience in commercial production during his career at J. Walter Thompson Advertising in New York and Chicago.

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
    The devil goes into an ad agency and wants to be repositioned as a nice guy. One person believes he is the devil and the other agency members do not believe he is the devil. Comedy about advertising, religion and the glass ceiling.
  • 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 two 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...
    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 two 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.