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A Warm Winter (work-in-process)

A Warm Winter is a new autobiographical monologue written and performed by Kareem M. Lucas, who retells the memory of a fun Brooklyn evening that goes wrong and almost costs him his life. Part confession, part standup, part sermon, the whole truth.


THU-FRI, DEC 9-10, 2021 | 3-5PM ET




BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Written & Performed by Kareem M. Lucas

In this BRIClab residency, Kareem M. Lucas will share his new piece, A Warm Winter.

This is a story about a Black man in his late 20s that’s dissatisfied with his own reality and will do anything to escape it, which leads to a drug induced episode where he almost completely loses touch with reality, and once he survives he has a revelation of self that transforms him. This is a story of redemption and renewal of the human spirit. True griot style storytelling that's stripped down to the barest essentials featuring original music to underscore


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Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Kareem M. Lucas is a Brooklyn born and Harlem based Actor/Writer/Producer/Director. His solo pieces include “The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO)”, “Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty”, “RATED BLACK: An American Requiem”, “From Brooklyn With Love”, “A Boy & His Bow”, and “A Warm Winter”. He’s performed his work at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, American Repertory Theater, The Greene Space, Aaron Davis Hall at City College, The Town Hall, The Fire This Time Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, HERE Arts Center, Hi-ARTS, JACK, IRT Theater, The Brick Theater, Teatro Circulo, Judson Arts Wednesdays, AFO Theater, The Slipper Room, among others. His solo show “Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty” will have its world premiere in the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s 2020-2021 season, TBD due to covid. He’s in residence at the New Ohio Theatre, and it will culminate with a world premiere production, TBD due to covid. He’s an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a Usual Suspect at NYTW. Also a teaching artist with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and The 52nd Street Project. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. For more info you can visit or follow him on Instagram @KareemMLucas

Previous Work

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Kareem Lucas performing at Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project play series. Photo: Russ Rowland


BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program created to advance opportunities for visual artists, performers, and media makers. BRIClab offers emerging and mid-career artists essential resources, mentorships, and opportunities to share their work. The residency aims to build a stronger and more diverse artistic community in Brooklyn by supporting long term growth and fostering relationships across disciplines.

The program's four tracks are Contemporary ArtFilm + TVPerforming Arts, and Video Art. Each track offers unique resources designed to meet the needs of varied artistic practices. Residents receive additional financial support, mentorship, skills-based learning opportunities, and documentation of their work. In-process public programs for the 2021/2022 cohort will take place from September 2021 through April 2022

COVID Protocol

In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, attendees of any BRIC House programming must show proof of vaccination for entry in addition to a photo ID that matches vaccination record. While BRIC remains committed to creating open and accessible visual art experiences for all of New York City, we must also ensure the safety of our staff, our audiences and the communities that we serve. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email For our full BRIC House vaccination policy, visit:

Venue Information:

BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough. 

Beginning Sept. 12, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming must show proof of full vaccination OR negative lab-administered COVID-19 test for entry, along with a photo ID. Masks are currently required while inside BRIC House. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email For our full BRIC House COVID-19 policy, visit:

BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Benno Orlinsky at or 718.683.5631.