Eugene Lee has worked with theatre companies around the world including the renowned Negro Ensemble Company in New York, performing in the Pulitzer Prize winning “A Soldier’s Play” and numerous other works. His journey includes work at stages such as True Colors in Atlanta, the Huntington Theater in Boston and the Pittsburgh Playwrights’ Theatre, Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and Crossroads Theatre in New Jersey.
He is considered a “Wilsonian Warrior” for his work in the plays of August Wilson, including the Broadway production of “Gem of the Ocean”. He has performed in eight of Wilson’s 10 cycle plays and recently in August Wilson’s final autobiographical one-man play, “How I Learned What I Learned”.
His work in television shows include “American Crime”, “The Women of Brewster Place” with Oprah Winfrey, “Dallas,” “Good Times,” “The White Shadow,” and “The District,”.
He is the title character in “Wolf”, an award winning independent film.
His television writing credits include episodes of “Homicide: Life on the Streets”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Michael Hayes”, “The Journey of Allen Strange” and “The Turks”.
His own characters come to life through his plays: “East Texas Hot Links”, “Fear Itself”, “Stones in My Passway”, “Somebody Called: A Tale of Two Preachers”, “Killingsworth”, the musical “Twist” and “Lyin’ Ass”.
The feature film adaptation of East Texas Hot Links” is scheduled for production in Spring 2016 with Lee directing and Samuel L. Jackson as Executive Producer.
Lee is Artist in Residence and Artistic Director of the Black and Latino Playwright’s Conference at Texas State University.
[Eugene] Lee’s performance is absolutely essential to the film. It is void of satire and parody, a portrayal of a man screaming to understand his urges but choosing to emulate the bishop persona his “flock” know him as. He knows he is a fraud yet continues fighting the acceptance of his own illusion.
‘Wolf’ is a fearless film, one that needs to be experienced by anyone who can find it. It debuted recently at this year’s SXSW to enthusiastic reviews but hit deeper than reviews can measure, leaving little doubt it will do the same regardless of where it shows. An exhausting journey that needs to be taken. A film that needs to be seen.
“Eugene Lee, who wowed audiences in the shocking drama Book of Grace, returns with his trademark intensity as Alan, and proves to be a master at building tension, which only makes the play that much funnier in turns. He roars around the stage like a thunderstorm, upsetting the apple cart at almost every turn, turning each moment into something truly intense and thoughtful in the process…In God of Carnage, Zach brings one of the best plays of the last few years and casts it with some of the best actors the city has to offer, and the results are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Each actor plays their part with fine-tuned precision, keeping us on our toes and laughing our guts out all the while as we never truly know where this wild ride may take us.”