Lemon Andersen

Lemon Andersen

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Biography

LEMON ANDERSEN is an acclaimed poet, writer, actor and performer whose words saved him from a life of crime. The three-time felon became a one-time Tony Award winner when he broke out from the projects to Broadway as an original cast member of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam and then had the most aired episodes on HBO's “Def Poetry.” 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.” Lemon’s stage memoir, County of Kings was presented by Spike Lee at the prestigious Public Theatre in New York and received an acclaimed NY Times review http://nyti.ms/lemoncok. It has been staged for American audiences from coast-to-coast, in Europe and South Africa. Lemon's unique voice flows from hard-edged drama to street poetry, creating a vivid portrait of his adverse yet often humorous coming-of-age experiences while growing up in Brooklyn. In addition to his play, Lemon is author of the book County of Kings, a spoken-word memoir. He is the subject of “Lemon,” a documentary film which will be a nationwide PBS broadcast on October 19, 2012 (10:00 - 11:00 pm ET).