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

  • 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 Van Gogh’s famous Potato Eaters. It is not his first time before the angry judge who is on the museum's board. American Sign Language (ASL) is used by the deaf character and by a speaking interpreter .
  • JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen
    Based upon real events during the life of two, deceased outsider artists. Revised 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:...
    Based upon real events during the life of two, deceased outsider artists. Revised 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 director or producer or company with enormous grit to present The JoJo Mama and the Voodoo Queen, a play 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. 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.