Lee Kitchen

Lee Kitchen

My stories, poetry, essays and illustrations have appeared in newspapers, international journals and literary magazines. Acting credits include my short play Fortune Kooky at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. I have acted in College and Community Theatre. I earned a BA, MA in Journalism/Communication, an MBA and over thirty hours in creative writing plus many theatre workshops. Last year, I completed the...
My stories, poetry, essays and illustrations have appeared in newspapers, international journals and literary magazines. Acting credits include my short play Fortune Kooky at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. I have acted in College and Community Theatre. I earned a BA, MA in Journalism/Communication, an MBA and over thirty hours in creative writing plus many theatre workshops. Last year, I completed the Dramatist Guild’s Master Play Writing Course and the Dramatist Guild Song Writing Course. My first play received the Panelist Favorite award from the late Michael Warren Powell at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. One of my short plays, SCABS, was selected as a finalist at the Humana Short Play Festival and later, selected at the Last Frontier Theatre Festival. A short screenplay version of SCABS received the best short screenplay award at the Oaxaca Filmfest in 2018, the Atlanta Comedy Festival and the Portland Comedy Festival for best TV series. My short play Fourth Quarter Pick-Up, performed last year at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, 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 short, experimental film that was completed June, 2019. It premiered in Barcelona in January-February 2019. The film was recently selected for the MegaFest, 16th Annual Film Festival in July this year, in Las Vegas. The short experimental film earned a Merit award for the actor, Tim Kelly. I recently completed a new, hour pilot, The Doll Man (El hombre munecas) that was workshopped at the Sundance Collab TV Writing Course in February. Please see my most recent short plays just posted, Parscription, 80% Lesbian and Romans 8:32.


Please go to www.leekitchenwriter.com

Plays

  • WFLO
    WFLO SYNOPSIS: The social issues of spousal abuse, anti-Semitism, and gender equality are confronted in a small Alabama town by six unique professionals on a journey to find meaning in their lives. A former marketing executive, a Jewish lawyer, a born-again Veterinarian, a college sociology professor who taught sex education (with a penchant for spanking) and a transgender (formerly salesman) are all members of...
    WFLO SYNOPSIS: The social issues of spousal abuse, anti-Semitism, and gender equality are confronted in a small Alabama town by six unique professionals on a journey to find meaning in their lives. A former marketing executive, a Jewish lawyer, a born-again Veterinarian, a college sociology professor who taught sex education (with a penchant for spanking) and a transgender (formerly salesman) are all members of a men's therapy group. They decide to purchase a bankrupt radio station and convert the station to a talk
    radio format. Their quest leads to a run-in with the town leaders who are angry at the new ideas streaming from the radio programs and the changes taking place in their community. Ultimately, the men are on trial for the perceived damage to the community, including practicing medicine without a license, slander and disturbing the peace. Humor is used to address the serious subjects of spousal abuse and religious tolerance. The 90 page play, plus three pages of character list and synopsis, is three-acts and runs
    approximately 100 minutes.
  • 80 Percent Lesbian
    Comedy: Father and daughter argument over his weekly blog that includes his daughter's declaration that she may be "80 Percent Lesbian."
  • 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 .
  • Fourth-Quarter Pickup
    Man enters sports bar in search of finding female sports mate. Meets his match.
  • Hearing Art
    An art savvy DEAF person has an insatiable need to touch art . He scuffles with guards at a museum resulting in the destruction of a famous Van Gogh painting. It is not his first time before the angry judge who is on the museum's board. Some American Sign Language (ASL) is used .
  • JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen
    Based upon real events during the life of two, deceased outsider artists. The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen is a full-length comedy in three acts that presents the greed of art or 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. It is a humorous but moralistic...
    Based upon real events during the life of two, deceased outsider artists. The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen is a full-length comedy in three acts that presents the greed of art or 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. 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. The screenplay champions women of color and all artists who are often at the mercy of their benefactors. Hemingway once said, “In order to write about life, first you must live it.” I knew many of the folk artists and type of art collectors depicted in the play. It’s a story that needs to be told by strong and talented actors directed by someone with a soul to match the talent. Screenplay also completed recently.
  • Manhole
    Comedy. Recently completed. Three supervisors, two diggers and an overly curious homeowner. Three Anglicans above, two Hispanixs below and if you question city hall, you go to jail. Spanish and English.
  • Monologue: Within These Walls, ED and Me
    A son reflects with humor and sadness a father's journey to suicide.
  • Nashville Taxi
    An inebriated couple in a long-distance relationship party until 2 am. They hail a musician cabbie who drives them home. He’s had weirder passengers but maybe not.
  • Parscription
    After a vasectomy, a man takes the prescription to the pharmacy to be filled. The patient thought he was going in for a procedure to help his sore throat but his wife had other plans. The man has never read a prescription.
  • Reposition, current full play and a ten page excerpt by Lee Kitchen
    A man proclaiming he is the devil, with a huge budget, asks an ad agency to reposition him into a nicer image. One account executive slowly begins to believe the man is the devil. The other executives believe the account executive is crazy but the agency needs the income. The play champions women while poking fun at the advertising industry. What really went on in heaven, anyway?

  • Romans 8:32
    A devoted husband of 32 years, with no money, desperately tries to obtain pain medicine his terminally ill wife needs for her bone cancer. It's a fight of love against a bureaucratic and unfair system.
  • 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. The play was originally written as a ten-minute play, a...
    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. The play was originally written as a ten-minute play, a finalist at the Humana Short Play Contest and accepted at the Last Frontier Theatre Festival (had to withdraw because I had to teach in Spain that summer). I later developed a twenty-minute screenplay version and then a forty-minute, short screenplay version. The enclosed screenplay is now being re-written as a full-length play.
  • 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.
  • SOS (Swans of Stratford)
    An aspiring writer discovers there is more comedy in relationships than on stage when he takes eight strong, passionate women to Canada’s Stratford Festival during a ten year search for love. Will the lady of the festival approve anyone? The play includes references to actual productions and a mystery narrator who serves as a conscience and witty commentator.
  • 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.
  • Mad Dash, The Beginning
    Mad Dash-The Beginning by Lee Kitchen
    A non-stop, three-act comedy mostly for children. A free-spirited Rooster, and his friend Milly, make a mad dash across the Peace Bridge to Canada to find a free range. Bon escapes but not Milly. Bon encounters obstacles on his mission to free Milly including free range hippie chickens, a Royal Canadian Mountie, a disguised chicken hawk and a mean plant manager. The...
    Mad Dash-The Beginning by Lee Kitchen
    A non-stop, three-act comedy mostly for children. A free-spirited Rooster, and his friend Milly, make a mad dash across the Peace Bridge to Canada to find a free range. Bon escapes but not Milly. Bon encounters obstacles on his mission to free Milly including free range hippie chickens, a Royal Canadian Mountie, a disguised chicken hawk and a mean plant manager. The journey takes them to the Stratford Festival to help a furry friend where they encounter big swimming chickens and find themselves on stage during a production of Romeo and Juliet.