About The Show
Platanos Y Collard Greens is the hilarious romantic tale which asks if love between Blacks and Latinos can survive. Platanos Y Collard Greens is the story of two college students…strangers from different cultures…who fall in love at first sight…until her Mom finds out and as a heart attack! Forced to confront & overcome prejudices while defending their bond from family and friends. Platanos will remind you of your family, your loves, your life. It is guaranteed to make you laugh, inspire you and make you think.
From Joe Cuba to Fat Joe, from Felipe Luciano and the Young Lords to Afrika Bambaataa, from Latin Boogalo to Hip Hop, from Barack Obama to Sonia Sotomayor, this play has something for everyone.
History of the Show
Written by David Lamb, directed by Summer Hill Seven and currently staged by Doni Comas, Platanos Y Collard Greens debuted to sold-out audiences on June 27th, 2003 at a small theater on Manhattan’s west side. That fall Platanos also began its collegiate tour, opening October 8th 2003 to a standing room only crowd at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, one of the countries largest universities.
Now in its eighth season Platanos Y Collard Greens, continues to have audiences falling out of their seats laughing and standing up and cheering. This hugely successful show has enchanted audiences of over 200,000 people both Off-Broadway, at performing arts venues in other cities, including the Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida and The Forum performing arts venue in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and on tour at more than 250 colleges in more than 30 states across the country.
Who We Are
David Lamb (Playwright) was born in Queens, NY and raised in public housing in Astoria, Queens. David attended Hunter College, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and New York University School of Law. While working in the world of Wall Street, his passion for the struggles and stories of his Queens neighborhood continued to speak to him., and he wanted to tell stories that captured the social and political issues facing Blacks and Latinos in New York. So David, being an entrepreneur, founded a publishing company and in 1995 released the novel, “Do Platanos Go Wit’ Collard Greens?” David toured colleges speaking about the book and in response to that audience in 2003, David wrote the stage play Platanos Y Collard Greens. “I want to see this play performed in high schools and even younger than that. We have to reach our children earlier and have these conversations sooner. It’s important.”
Jamillah Lamb (Producer) along with husband David, founded their production company, which has guided the continuing success of “Platanos” and their newest play “Auction Block to Hip-Hop,” as a continuation of her well-established business knowledge. After earning her Bachelors degree in economics from Wesleyan University, she would go on to Harvard University, where she gained her Masters degree in Public Policy, where her thesis was nominated for an Outstanding Award. Jamillah used her commitment to community growth to become a successful Community Development Banker and a Vice President at Citibank. She utilizes this background in the daily operations of Between The Lines Productions, Inc. Jamillah offers this: “I could feel his passion for the art and the creative work and I really wanted to be able to explore as many outlets and opportunities as possible. That’s why this work has continued to grow. It is rooted and revved on by pure passion. My love for community building is about passion for people.”