Venue: GSP at College Farm Road
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Christopher Demos-Brown (Playwright) American Hero is Chris’s second show at George Street Playhouse. His play, American Son, produced here last season, will open on Broadway this fall. Chris has received multiple honors for his work including the Laurents/Hatcher Award, a Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics’ Association, two Carbonell Awards, and the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding New Work. Chris is a Dartmouth College alumnus and holds graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the University of Geneva. He and his wife, Stephanie, are co-founders of Zoetic Stage, an award-winning theatre-in-residence at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.
David Saint (Artistic Director) is in his 23rd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 39 mainstage production at GSP, having most recently helmed last season’s The Trial of Donna Caine, in addition to American Hero; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner in the 2017-18 season. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Elaine May, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others, including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition, many new award-winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies and It Shoulda Been You. He has directed Final Follies at Primary Stages, Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y., and off-Broadway at Westside Theatre, as well as the National Tour of West Side Story. In July 2016, he directed a two-night concert performance of West Side Story at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. In Summer 2019, he directed a revolutionary new production of West Side Story for IHI Stage Around in Tokyo and currently serves as a creative consultant for a new film version of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. He also has directed on Broadway, offBroadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe DiPietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama-Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/ Hatcher Foundation.
John Bolger (Rand Danforth) returns to George Street Playhouse for an eighth time, having previously appeared here in The Trial of Donna Caine, American Hero, American Son, Outside Mullingar; Good People; Twelve Angry Men and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. National Tours: South Pacific and Dirty Dancing; Regional: Five Presidents at Bay Street, cover for That Face at MTC; staged concert of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Richard III at Hartford Stage; The Real Thing and Antony and Cleopatra at The Old Globe; Light Up The Sky at The Roundabout; The Lady From Maxim’s at The Huntington; Safe Sex at La Mama; Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Sea Plays and Ages of Man, with The Willow Cabin Theatre Co. TV: Taken, Bull, Homeland, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, The Black Donnelly’s, Sex and the City, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, General Hospital, One Life to Live and Another World. Film: Patriots Day, The Only Living Boy in New York, Just Looking, Parting Glances and Black and White. And thank you Pat McCorkle for your decades, yes decades, of encouragement and support. You wonderful woman you!
Kally Duling (Private First Class Ellen Colessio) is thrilled to be back at George Street! Broadway and National Tour: Fun Home. Regional: American Hero (George Street Playhouse), Into the Woods (TUTS), The Tall Girls (Alliance Theatre), Next to Normal (Baltimore Center Stage), Fifth of July (Williamstown Theatre Festival/Bay Street), Bus Stop (Fulton Theatre), Little Women (John Engeman Theatre). TV/Film: The Good Wife, One Bad Choice Voiceover: Nickelodeon, Scholastic, Fischer Price. Huge thanks to Dave Brenner, Wolf Talent, Pat McCorkle, and David Saint. Love to my family, especially B and Ellie Mae! Instagram: @kallydu
Laiona Michelle (Writer/Nina Simone), a native of Springfield, MA, made her Broadway debut in the principal role of Nanna in Amazing Grace, upon following her performance in the First National Tour: The Book of Mormon. With Little Girl Blue — The Nina Simone Musical, she makes her debut as a writer. Whether playing Dinah Washington in the musical production about the iconic singer’s life (Dinah Was); Calpurnia in a regional Shakespeare production (Julius Ceasar); or as a veteran of the Afghanistan war in the George Street Playhouse production of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Hero, Laiona approaches every role with power and conviction. Awards include: Independent Reviewers of New England, Best Lead Actress award (2001, Stonewall Jackson’s House); Barrymore and Carbonell Awards (2004, Constant Star), The NAACP Hollywood award (2005, Constant Star). Some of her regional credits include: Arena Stage, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Goodspeed Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse and many more. Television: Lift, All My Children, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Blacklist, and Crashing, as well as Amazon’s Sneaky Pete. Special thanks to The George Street Playhouse, The Karma Foundation and Live & In Color. "You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." Nina Simone
Armand Schultz (Bill Tanner) At George Street: American Hero, The Spitfire Grill, Jolson Sings Again. Broadway: Frost/Nixon, The Herbal Bed, A View From the Bridge, The Secret Rapture. First National Tour: Billy Elliot, Chicago/Toronto Companies. Off-Broadway: Our Town, The House In Town, Stuff Happens, King Lear, The Spitfire Grill, Sight Unseen, Cyrano de Bergerac. Regional: The Guthrie Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ogunquit Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, among others. Film: Inez&Doug&Kira, Crown Heights, SALT, Burn After Reading, The Happening, Vanilla Sky. Recent Television: BULL, Blue Bloods, Mr. Robot, The Blacklist. Upcoming: Billions. Mr. Schultz is the President and Chairman of the Board of The Actors Center and a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.
"Great theater. Explosive...haunting and wonderful." - The Star-Ledger
"Triumphant! A 'must-see' drama that will have you in its grip from beginning to end" - The Princeton Packet/TimeOFF
"One of the best plays I've seen in the past decade...it will have you on the edge of your seat" - New Jersey Stage
"'Hero' hits its marks" - Asbury Park Press
"Drama at its finest. See it!" - BroadwayWorld
Captain Rob Wellman's perfect life starts to unravel when a fellow veteran seeking justice shows up threatening to expose a hidden past. From the author of last season’s American Son, this probing drama shines a light on how America honors its veterans, the corrupting effect of awards and commendations, and questions what it truly means to be a hero. American Hero joins American Son and a yet-to-be titled new work to create a trilogy of plays that explore American injustice. American Hero is the recipient of the Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.
American Hero is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
George Street Playhouse veterans John Bolger (last season’s "American Son", 2014’s "Outside Mullingar") and Armand Schultz ("The Spitfire Grill", "Jolson Sings Again"), as well as Broadway’s Kally Duling ("Fun Home") and Laiona Michelle ("Amazing Grace") have been cast in Christopher Demos-Brown’s "American Hero", on stage January 30 through February 25. Learn More
Last season's "American Son" was at the top of NJArts.net's list of top 15 New Jersey theater productions of 2017. See the next installment of playwright Christopher Demos-Brown's planned American injustice trilogy, "American Hero," at GSP from January 30 through February 25. Learn More
An updated version of the hit off-Broadway show "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" – with book and lyrics by George Street Playhouse favorite Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts — opens the Playhouse's 2017-18 season at an interim venue on Rutgers University's Cook Campus. Learn More