Lillian Brown appears in several theatrical productions

Assistant Professor of Theatre Lillian Brown had several theatrical appearances this year.

This summer, she performed her autobiographical one-women show, The Oreo Complex, in Washington, D.C., with NuSass theatre company. The show ran for 10 performances from May 20-June 3 and received a Helen Hayes Award recommendation. She also performed as the headliner for the St. Louis Fringe Festival. Her stellar reviews included:

    • “Brown has crafted an emotional masterpiece and every moment is executed expertly. … A sobering tour de force and one that everyone should see,” by Fosse Thorton in MD Theatre Guide.
    • “Don’t miss this opportunity to see such a powerful show!” by Hannah R. Wing in Broadway World.
    • “I was blown away! This performance is amazing. … She has a core conviction and the artistry to communicate it that is absolutely stunning,” by John Stoltenberg, executive editor of DC Theatre Arts.
    • “Run, don’t walk to see ‘The Oreo Complex.’ I have never felt so seen and exposed. It is like she crawled into my head to expose my most vulnerable thoughts,” from an audience member.
    • “There is a captivating rhythm and mellifluousness from the minute she defines ‘Oreo’,” by Jacob Cansler in DC Theatre Arts.
  • “Brown never loses her grace, compassion or desire to connect as she leads the audience on a deeply provocative journey,” by Tina Farmer in Riverfront Times.


Brown also was as cast as Regine in the play “Mud Row,” by Dominique Morriseau, which follows two generations of sisters in an area in the East End of West Chester, Pennsylvania. The play ran Aug. 10-27 as a part of the Black Theatre Festival sponsored by Black Arts MKE. The show was reviewed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

From Nov. 25-Dec. 17, Brown will appear in the play “The Mousetrap” at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee. Agatha Christie’s world-famous murder mystery has a thrilling twist ending and is the world’s longest-running play.

(Photo: Lillian Brown in “The Oreo Complex”)

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