Paper Thin

by T.K. Lee

Lucrece wanted a good man for a husband. She found one in Gerald. She wanted a sweet boy, a good son; she got one in Charlie. She wanted a picture-perfect little family; she’s had one. Now, she wants one last thing, a promise Gerald made her on her wedding night — all those years ago — that when the time had come, she could get a divorce. The time has come, in her opinion, and come today. Which is why we find Lucrece on her roof — on an otherwise average, run-of-the-mill Tuesday — having herself a very big day putting her foot all the way down, as she stands ready and willing to show Gerald and Charlie, that sometimes the only way to keep a family together is to tear them apart.

  • Cast Size: 2M 1W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

T.K. Lee’s work crosses several genres both on stage and off.

At times a playwright, and other times a poet, he is at all times firmly planted in the southern tradition of gothic storytelling. His award-winning work has appeared in respected national publications including The Louisville Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Deep South Magazine and internationally, most notably, anthologized through collections published in the UK; further,  his plays On How To Accommodate Marlo’s Frying Pan, Sindication, and Loose Hog are licensed in London. His work has been translated into French and Italian.

Lee has also won accolades for his work in theatre where his award-winning credits include turns as director (2009, Catfish Moon), actor (2017, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), and playwright (2018, Paper Thin, Best Play and Special Recognition for Outstanding New Work). 

Lee joined the faculty in the nascent MFA in Creative Writing program at MUW, teaching both undergraduate literature and creative writing,  playwriting, and poetry. His first collection of poetry, entitled To Square a Circle (2018) debuted at the Eudora Welty Symposium and continues to garner high critical praise for its “uncanny wit; impeccable sense of pacing and tone; [and for] bringing a dynamic new voice to southern poetry.” A second collection, Scapegoat, is pending publication in the coming year. 

For more information, please visit his website: or follow him on Facebook at; and Twitter/Instagram: @thecleverkris.  

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