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The Whiting will present one-man tribute to poet Lemon Anderson October 25

Preview October 06, 2016 Encore Staff

FLINT—The Whiting will present an engaging one-man presentation of County of Kings on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. performed by Michael Angel Viera in association with Young Audiences, New York as part of the Literature to Life series. Adapted from the extraordinary life of slam poet, playwright and speaker Lemon Andersen, this on-stage memoir will resonate with young audiences long after they leave the theatre. Touching on young love, the birth of hip hop, slinging crack, ballet, stealing car parts, prison, and poetry, County of Kings takes audiences on an journey of self-discovery.

County of Kings is a tough, yet poignant biographical account of a good kid growing up in an unforgiving environment. Lemon, whose parents met at a methadone clinic and died from AIDS, served two prison sentences before he was 21 and won a Tony Award before he turned 30. Weaving hard-edged drama with urban poetry, County of Kings is a coming-of-age story told with honesty, compassion and humor. The performance is recommended for ages 15 and up.

This Literature to Life presentation is a unique sixty minute theatrical and educational experience comprised of a verbatim solo performance and a pre/post show interactive discussion.  Patrons will be seated on the stage for a more intimate experience.

Tickets are priced from $25-$30 and student rush tickets are also available the day of the performance for $12. To purchase tickets, visit TheWhiting.com, call (810) 237-7333 or visit the Ticket Center located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. just off I-475 between the University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College. Tickets are also available for purchase at The Whiting’s Downtown Ticket Center at the Flint Farmers’ Market. Smart phone and tablet users can download The Whiting App to make purchases.