Tracey Conyer Lee

Tracey Conyer Lee

TRACEY CONYER LEE is a playwright/performer living in New York City with the awesomest dude of all the dudes...but he wants a dog. She is busy. She is often tired. She is always grateful. She's currently a member of American Theatre Group's PlayLab for BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ voices. She completed an I AM SOUL writing residency with National Black Theatre--producing RETREAT--and was a finalist for the...
TRACEY CONYER LEE is a playwright/performer living in New York City with the awesomest dude of all the dudes...but he wants a dog. She is busy. She is often tired. She is always grateful. She's currently a member of American Theatre Group's PlayLab for BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ voices. She completed an I AM SOUL writing residency with National Black Theatre--producing RETREAT--and was a finalist for the Princess Grace Award for RABBIT SUMMER. She has her MFA in Writing For the Stage & Screen from New Hampshire Institute of Art. She is really hesitant about that dog. For full bio go to www.traceyconyerlee.com

Plays

  • Rabbit Summer
    Wilson and Ruby have the picture perfect marriage (if you're used to seeing positive Black images of family, that is) while Ruby's best friend Claire has just become a statistic, losing her unarmed Black husband to the quick trigger of a white cop. Spiting his Pop's example of manhood, Wilson idealizes his marriage and ignores the controversy of his job as a police officer in the shadow of the...
    Wilson and Ruby have the picture perfect marriage (if you're used to seeing positive Black images of family, that is) while Ruby's best friend Claire has just become a statistic, losing her unarmed Black husband to the quick trigger of a white cop. Spiting his Pop's example of manhood, Wilson idealizes his marriage and ignores the controversy of his job as a police officer in the shadow of the BlackLivesMatter movement, smiling through pain Ruby wishes he would share. Tired of feeling helpless and trapped in her Huxtable-like existence, Ruby has been hatching a secret plan to fix the American gun problem while pushing her husband to break out of his plastic shell.
    How can you “live your truth” in an America built on lies?
    Claire's refuge at the Faison's home unearths long held and brand new secrets and stirs a pot of reality Wilson has never tasted. Can he see life through Ruby's truth and still be the husband and father his mother and he never had?
  • Retreat
    The truth shall set you free, except when it doesn't. Curtis's truth has kept him behind bars for over two decades. Those he left on the outside are unwittingly entrenched in lies. A mother hides her true identity from her son, the son hides his truth from himself and all who love him. A “by any means necessary” private investigator, a do-gooder novelist, and Curtis's steadfast father all paint a...
    The truth shall set you free, except when it doesn't. Curtis's truth has kept him behind bars for over two decades. Those he left on the outside are unwittingly entrenched in lies. A mother hides her true identity from her son, the son hides his truth from himself and all who love him. A “by any means necessary” private investigator, a do-gooder novelist, and Curtis's steadfast father all paint a less than honest narrative and are confined by its chains.

    When our lives are defined by systems--family, church, community, penal--and our systems fail us, we all do time. Who gets exonerated? Whose appeal is heard? And who chooses solitary confinement? Inspired by a true story, Retreat examines the lies we tell ourselves and each other in order to survive under the systems we collectively create. And until Curtis is free, no one will be. #thewholetruthandnothingbutthetruthsohelpme #freedomandjusticeforall
  • House Of A Negro. Funny...
    Trapped in a New York townhouse, three tenants must examine the value of taking off their masks. Yup...it's inspired by the Kennedy play of a similar title.
  • Triple Threats
    It's 1981. A Black theatre artist is tired of only being considered for "A Raisin In the Sun" and must find a way to fulfill his artistic destiny despite his pregnant wife's insistence he finally get a "real" job.

    Enter two career criminals--a white dude and his Black ex-lover--with a life story so fantastical the artist can't help but take notice. The...
    It's 1981. A Black theatre artist is tired of only being considered for "A Raisin In the Sun" and must find a way to fulfill his artistic destiny despite his pregnant wife's insistence he finally get a "real" job.

    Enter two career criminals--a white dude and his Black ex-lover--with a life story so fantastical the artist can't help but take notice. The unlikely trio lie, cheat and steal their way into a contract for a workshop production of "Love Thief", the musical within this musical. The challenges of creating a new musical for the stage are compounded by the different agendas of the cast, the production team and even the artist himself as he longs for his family's support. Can the artist change the landscape of the American Theatre, with the help of two ne'er do wells, by challenging the status quo of whose stories deserve to be told and how, and keep his family intact as he does? Probably not. But he's gonna die trying.

    By exploring the cultural and social maladies of 1981, Triple Threats interrogates the strives we've made, and those we clearly haven't, in this industry and in the world.
  • Standing Up; Bathroom Talk & Other Stuff We Learn From Dad
    In a last ditch effort to repair a broken family bond and change life patterns that have been long nurtured, a thirty-something waitress and stand-up comic implores her lost-soul father to contact his dying mother. Hilarity ensues! Realities converge and two seemingly divergent worlds collide as the audience is ricocheted from the father's alcohol-strewn living room to the waitress's moonlighting...
    In a last ditch effort to repair a broken family bond and change life patterns that have been long nurtured, a thirty-something waitress and stand-up comic implores her lost-soul father to contact his dying mother. Hilarity ensues! Realities converge and two seemingly divergent worlds collide as the audience is ricocheted from the father's alcohol-strewn living room to the waitress's moonlighting stand-up routines. Can the waitress heal old wounds? Not before picking at the scabs.
  • The First Time
    Yvette and Talvin star in a highly syndicated but controversial African-American sitcom. John is engaged to 1st generation Indian American, Sunni. On the precipice of John and Sunni's nuptials, Yvette and Talvin enter their lives looking for clarity and healing. What ensues is a puzzling game of cultural pride Olympics mediated by Sunni's brother, Nirav.

    Exploring how we exorcise...
    Yvette and Talvin star in a highly syndicated but controversial African-American sitcom. John is engaged to 1st generation Indian American, Sunni. On the precipice of John and Sunni's nuptials, Yvette and Talvin enter their lives looking for clarity and healing. What ensues is a puzzling game of cultural pride Olympics mediated by Sunni's brother, Nirav.

    Exploring how we exorcise our demons through art, The First Time uses multi-media technology to infect the space in varied capacities, like with the tv show “Blingin'” in which Yvette and Talvin play Turquoise and B.Hood. The others watch, Yvette and Talvin watch them watch, the audience watches them watch the others watch. And as the show's episodes unravel, so do the lives of this quintet.
  • Poor Posturing
    Do you consider yourself "color-blind"? Before you answer, recognize that blindness is a disability. Three scholars tightrope through seeing themselves and each other in an America desperate to be "post racial".