Young Jean Lee challenged herself, as a Korean American, to create a politically engaged theater piece about black American identity. Subversive, sharp, and irreverent, THE SHIPMENT raises pointed questions about ethnic appropriation and race relations, distorts stereotypes, and unsettles the audience’s certainties. Young Jean Lee exposes the racial filter through which we unconsciously perceive reality, and beneath the humor, reveals how difficult it is to see the world in terms other than black and white.

This work is made possible in part by a grant from the National Performance Network’s Performance Residency Program. Major contributors to the NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), Altria, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. THE SHIPMENT is co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts and The Kitchen. Additional support provided by the Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Rockefeller MAP Foundation.