Eugene Lee has an enjoyed an over thirty year career in the entertainment industry. As an actor, his television credits include Good Times, The White Shadow, The Guiding Light, The District, and acting with Oprah Winfrey in The Women of Brewster Place. His film credits include Blacklisted and Coach Carter. Highlights of his long stage career include working with Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in the Pulitzer Prize winning A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller at the Negro Ensemble Company, a Broadway appearance in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, and being a company member for the Kennedy Center’s 10-play cycle tribute to August Wilson. Eugene has also enjoyed success as a playwright with works such as East Texas Hot Links, Fear Itself, Somebody Called: A Tale of Two Preachers, Killingsworth, The Rest of Me, the musical Twist and his most recent work, Lyin’ Ass, a look at one of the first Black female Texas Rangers as she is about to retire. He has also penned episodes for television series including Homicide: Life On the Streets, Walker Texas Ranger, and The Journey of Allen Strange.
Mr. Lee serves as Artist in Residence and Artistic Director of the Texas State University Black and Latino Playwright’s Conference.
Recently at Texas State, he played Jaques in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and in Austin, Texas’ Zachary Scott Theatre productions of The Book of Grace written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan Lori-Parks and God of Carnage.
Mr. Lee plays the title role in the Independent Feature Wolf, which was a standout at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin and took the prestigious Grand Jury Award in the Texas Competition for Best Film at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival.
[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.”