the shipment young jean lee

SpeakEasy Theatre presents the West Coast Canadian premiere of Young Jean Lee's provocative play; The Shipment.


Directed by:

Kayvon Khoshkam and Omari Newton 



Chris Francisque, Kiomi Pyke, Adrian Neblett, Andrew Creightney and Omari Newton



The New York Times says “Cultural images of black America are tweaked, pulled and twisted like Silly Putty in “The Shipment,” a subversive, seriously funny new theater piece”. Theatre Mania calls The Shipment “An insightful piece about black identity politics that is daring, provocative, and very, very funny.”


Biting satire at its very best, The Shipment is a subversive modern minstrel show about Black identity meant to wake the world to the ridiculous narratives in dominant media. Five Black actors play a roster of characters that reads like a bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Standup Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few. The brazen mash-up of these stereotypes with clichés, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand all force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.


Lighting by: Itai Erdal 

Set Design by: Markian Tarasiuk


Nov 22 - dec 2

the vancity culture lab

1895 venables st, vancouver



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