Meet Tony-Award Winner in Mahwah Monday

Lemon Andersen was a three-time felon before he starred in Def Poetry Jam on Broadway

Tony-Award winning poet and performer Lemon Andersen will be in Mahwah Monday for a screening of the new documentary about his life, and panel discussion with residents.

Ramapo College is hosting a special screening of LEMON, the biographical documentary Lemon that is airing on NJTV as part of the VOCES ON PBS series about Latino arts and culture. The screening of the one-hour film will begin at 11:30 a.m. next Monday, Nov. 19 in the school's H-Wing auditorium. It will be immediately followed by a panel discussion where attendees can meet and talk to Lemon.

According to the NJTV website, the film tells the story of Lemon's tumultuous life:

A three-time felon and one-time Tony Award winner, Lemon Andersen’s deeply personal art reflects his raw upbringing on the streets of Brooklyn.  The son of a Puerto Rican mother and Norwegian-American father, both of whom succumbed to drugs and AIDS, Lemon discovered poetry while serving time. Through an unstoppable combination of talent and drive, in 2003 he miraculously found himself on Broadway, starring in Russell Simmons’ Tony Award-winning production of Def Poetry Jam.  But after six months, the show closed and the fame and money were gone as quickly as they had come.

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP. Get more information from Ramapo College:

  • For additional information and to RSVP contact (201) 684-7844
  • Lunch will be served.
  • Film is 60 minutes, followed by a panel discussion with Lemon Andersen
  • This event is free and open to the public
  • Event time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

See the film's trailer here.


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