Eugene Lee Lieutenant John Stokes


Eugene once performed for President Lyndon B. Johnson at his Texas ranch in a command performance of A Raisin the Sun in 1972. Forty-five plus years later, he is still performing in film, television and theater, and he has also become an acclaimed writer. He went on to appear in television shows, including “The Women of Brewster Place” with Oprah Winfrey, “Dallas,” “Good Times,” “The White Shadow,” “The District” and the title character in “Wolf,” an award winning independent film. He most recently appeared in the independent film “Thunder Road,” winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the SXSW Film Festival in 2018. Eugene has appeared on stage across the US and the world. He has worked and traveled with New York’s renowned Negro Theatre Ensemble, performing in the Pulitzer Prize winning A Soldier’s Play and numerous other works. He is considered a “Wilsonian Warrior” for his many appearances in the works of August Wilson, including the Broadway production of Gem of the Ocean. He performed in five of Wilson’s 10 plays at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  and in the taped PBS recordings of all ten plays in the Century Cycle as well as in August Wilson’s final autobiographical one-man piece, How I Learned What I Learned.  His stage credits include appearances with WPA Theatre and the Public Theater in NYC, Crossroads Theatre Company in New Jersey, Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Boston’s Huntington Theatre, Alliance and True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, Arena Stage and Kennedy Center in D.C., Baltimore’s Center Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. His writing credits include “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Michael Hayes,” “The Journey of Allen Strange”, “The Turks” and the TV movie “Port Chicago”. Lee is Artist in Residence and Artistic Director of the Black and Latino Playwright’s Conference at Texas State University.