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Kareem Lucas



Written by Kareem Lucas


A workshop performance 


November 7, 2018  |  7:00pm


BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT IT AIN'T ALWAYS PRETTY, Kareem M. Lucas reanimates the memory of a never-ending NYC night — a wild roller coaster ride through alcohol, drugs, sex, joy, loss, and self-discovery. He weaves together his past and present to interrogate our desperate need for significance, in life and after death, and mythologizes the everyday experience of a common Black man in America. Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty is an epic poem about fulfilling one’s purpose—if there is any—before your time runs out. The clock is ticking."

KAREEM M. LUCAS (Playwright/Performer) is a Brooklyn born and Harlem based Actor/Writer/Producer/Director. His solo pieces include The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro, From Brooklyn With Love, RATED BLACK: An American Requiem, A Boy & His Bow, and Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty. He has performed his solo work at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration, Harlem School of the Arts, Flushing Town Hall, Pregones Theater, The Greene Space, Aaron Davis Hall at City College, The Town Hall, The Fire This Time Festival, IRT Theater, The Slipper Room, Teatro Circulo, Studio Tisch at NYU Grad Acting, Jimmy’s No. 43, MAGIC TIME at Judson Arts Wednesdays, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Public Theater. He is currently co-collaborating on the development of the immersive theatrical piece The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America, as a writer and performer with the Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative as a part of their Residency at HERE Arts Center.  And just finished the Devised Theater Working Group, a residency program of the DTI/Devised Theater Initiative at The Public Theater, which included showings of his solo piece Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty in the 2018 Under The Radar Festival. Plus, he’s a teaching artist with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The 52nd Street Project. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. For more info you can visit or follow him on Instagram @KareemMLucas.

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