Lemon, born Andrew Andersen (1975–) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City and is an original cast member of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. The show took home the Tony Award for “Special Theatrical Event” in 2003 and the Drama Desk nomination for “Unique Theatrical Experience.”
Lemon’s film acting credits include The Soloist, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx, as well as Spike Lee’s Miracle At St. Anna, Sucker Free City, She Hate Me, and he appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Inside Man.
His theater credits include Slanguage, which was directed by Jo Bonney and premiered at the New York Theater Workshop to rave reviews and sold out shows.
He is currently touring County of Kings the show which was produced by Spike Lee and the Culture Project at the Public Theater. The book based on the show is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 New York Book Festival. ‘County of Kings ‘ his one –man hip hop theatre show, gives a tough and moving biographical account of a good kid growing up in an unforgiving environment. Mixing difficult drama and occasional humor with his own brand of Urban Poetry, Lemon uses his unique perspective and talent to bring his true , own coming-of-age story to life. The story which includes his true life experiences as a young kid born to drug-addict parents who subsequently died of HIV/AIDS and his struggle with drug dealing and time spent in prison.
His poetry has been featured on everything from radio spots, to print ads, to the limited edition Absolut Brooklyn bottle and most recently on a viral spot directed by Rik Cordero.
Lemon Andersen schedule for Urban Voices 2010:
Lemon Andersen will be performing his one man show” County of Kings” as well as participating in the Urban Voices Poetry Festival in Cape Town and Durban :
This is what the international press have to say about the production:
‘County of Kings’ – ‘More Energy than any stage can contain!’ New York Post
‘Mr. Andersen has a distinct talent that makes words sing in a way that insist you listen.’ New York Times
Schedule of Performance for ‘County of Kings’ : Joburg : Sat 16 Oct@ 3pm,
21 and 22 Oct @ 8pm: Market Theatre Lab, 3 President Street
28 Oct@ 11am – and 28 Oct @ 8pm – Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
Joburg: Sat 23 Oct @ Bassline , Newtown 8pm
Cape Town: Wed 27 Oct @ Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch, 8pm
Visit his website at www.lemonhood.com