I Will Make You Orphans

“A night of storytelling that’s exciting and explicitly authentic.”
New York Press

“Lewis has a genuine love for the hip-hop art form and it shows … A fine, contemporary piece replete with street credibility.”
Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist

“A virtuoso deployment of language, humor,compassion, and insight … A spectatacularly rewarding evening in the theatre, both for confirmed theatre-goers and for those alive to the popular culture around them but not yet seduced by the world of the stage.”
Mark Hunter, Cornell College

“A brilliant writer and performer … powerful, funny, and hugely entertaining. The performance, the writing, and the superb direction knocked me out.”
Ken Webster, Artistic Director, Hyde Park Theatre

A tale told entirely in rhyme, Orphans is the story of Sean Boogie – a confused white boy in upstate NY who believes he’s “blacker” than his African American poetry professor. When his girlfriend becomes pregnant and his teacher attacks his reality, Boogie is left questioning not only who he is but who he wants to be.

A hip-hopera, a ghetto comedy, and a social drama, I Will Make You Orphans is a genre-bending experience about what it is to “be” and what it is to “wannabe.”.

Directed by Matt Slaybaugh.

Spring 2005 Theatre Summit Interview

5.27.2006 BC Times Colonist

5.27.2006 BC Times Colonist

July 10-19, 2009
Adirondack Theatre Festival
Glens Falls, NY

September 18 2007
Keuka College
Keuka, NY

November 29-30, 2006
Johnson State College
Johnson, VT

July 13-16, 2006
Available light Solo Performance Festival
Columbus, Ohio

July 6, 2006
Galapagos Art Space
Brooklyn, NY

June 10, 2006
Hyde Park
Austin, TX

May 24-5, 2006
Uno Festival of Solo Performance
Victoria, BC

March 2-4, 2006
The Riverside Theatre
Iowa City, IA

August 12, 2005
Center for Independent Artists, Minneapolis, MN

May 11-2, 2005
Columbus Fringe Festival
Columbus, Ohio

May 2004
Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Cincinnati, Ohio

November 2003
Bowery Poetry Club, NYC

October 2003
Changing Spaces Gallery
Albany, NY