American Son on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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American Son Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • American Son is 90 Minutes long, including an intermission of None
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 6, 2018
  • Show Opened : November 4, 2018
  • Show Closed: January 27, 2019

A mother is desperate to find her missing teenage son after his abandoned car is discovered but tension escalates when her estranged husband appears.

American Son on Broadway Background

Playwright Christopher Demos-Brown is a newcomer to Broadway. His previous works have seen success in South Florida theaters, but this is his Broadway debut. As a civil trial attorney in Miami, Demos-Brown provides additional authenticity to the story that other playwrights would not be capable of. American Son made its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA in June 2016. The play won the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright.

The Broadway production, runs for only 16 weeks at the Booth Theatre, stars Kerry Washington ("Scandal," Race) as Kendra and Steven Pasquale ("American Crime Story," Junk) as Scott. The cast also includes Eugene Lee (Gem of the Ocean) and Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan ("Supergirl," Newsies). The show is directed by Kenny Leon who won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

What's American Son Like?

This gripping new play is a social commentary on race-relations in modern America. The mother, Kendra Ellis-Connor, is a black woman with a PhD in psychology who teaches at a local university. The father, Scott Connor, is a white FBI agent. American Son uses every parent's greatest fear to honestly discuss the relevant issues of race and bias in American culture. Audiences can feel tensions rise as information about their missing son is only revealed slowly and in small pieces. Inspired by recent police shootings of black teenagers, playwright Christopher Demos-Brown felt that such a high-pressure situation was the only time people would speak candidly about race-relations. This thought provoking show is full of raw emotion and American Son is a must-see for anyone who enjoys drama, mystery and a critical social lens.

Is American Son Good for Kids?

The show is recommended for children aged 14 and older, as it contains strong language and adult themes. Children under the aged of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Booth Theatre

222 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 783
Entrance: 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave
Theatre Information

Booth Theatre Seating Chart

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Cast Members

Kendra Ellis-Connor
Kerry Washington
Scott Connor
Steven Pasquale
Lieutenant John Stokes
Eugene Lee
Officer Paul Larkin
Jeremy Jordan


Jeffrey Richards

Simpson Street, LLC

Rebecca Gold

Will Trice

Stephen C Byrd

Alia M Jones

Production Credits

Kenny Leon
Christopher Demos-Brown
Dede Ayite
Scenic Design
Derek McLane
Sound Design
Peter Fitzgerald

Creative Team

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RCI Theatricals
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