American Son

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American Son

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1f, 3m

An estranged bi-racial couple must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident.

Photography by Peter Cunningham

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary
An estranged bi-racial couple must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Their disparate histories and backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to find out what happened to their son.

Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 90 minutes

Media

"With its unrelentingly high tension on every level - maternal, marital, societal - it’s more like a slice of a nightmare, with few contours despite its surprises." - The New York Times

This play elicits gasps from the audience." - NY1

"Playwright Demos-Brown is a clever phrase-maker, and he delights in using language that vividly illustrates the social and educational gulf." - Variety

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  • American Son

    Credit: Peter Cunningham

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Authors

Christopher Demos-Brown

Christopher Demos-Brown has written over a dozen full-length plays and screenplays. His honors include the Laurents/Hatcher Award, a Steinberg Citation from The American Theatre Critics Association, and multiple regional theatre awards (including two Carbonell Awards, multip ...
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