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In addition to American Son (2016 Laurents/Hatcher Award), Chris’ writing credits include Fear Up Harsh (2014 American Theatre Critics Association’s Steinberg Award Citation), When the Sun Shone Brighter (2011 Carbonell Award for Best New Work; 2010 Silver Palm Award for Outstanding New Work; ATCA Steinberg Award nomination; National New Play Network’s Smith Prize), Captiva (Steinberg Award nomination; three 2011 Carbonell Award nominations, including Best New Work), Our Lady of Allapattah (ArtSport New Works Playwriting Contest winner), and So I Was Wondering… (Heideman Award finalist). Chris is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Miami School of Law. He also holds graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the University of Geneva. He lives in Miami, Florida with his wife, Stephanie, and his daughters, Katherine and Jillian. He and his wife 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 (Director/Artistic Director) is in his 21st season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. An Act of God marks his 38th mainstage productions at GSP, having most recently helmed this season’s opener, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and last season’s American Son and Mama’s Boy. 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 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. He also has directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway 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 Di Pietro 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 returns to George Street Playhouse for a sixth time, having previously appeared here in 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 Mendellshon’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: 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.
Kally Duling (Shawn) is thrilled to be making her George Street debut! Broadway and National Tour: Fun Home. Regional: 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: The Good Wife, One Bad Choice, etc. Voiceovers: Nickelodeon, Scholastic, Fisher-Price, etc. Huge thanks to Dave Brenner, Wolf Talent, Pat McCorkle, and David Saint. Love to my family, especially B and Ellie Mae! @kallyduling
Laiona Michelle (Mary) Broadway: Nanna in Amazing Grace, the first national tour of The Book of Mormon. Laiona has performed both regionally and internationally, most recently playing Mrs. Shears in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Her TV/film credits include: Crashing, Sneaky Pete, The Blacklist, Law and Order CI and SVU, All My Children and Lift. Awards include: recipient, NAACP for Constant Star; nominated, Helen Hayes 2005 Best Lead Actress in Yellowman at Arena Stage. M.F.A., Brandeis University. Love and respect to all those who served our country to dignity.
Armand Schultz(Rob), whose previous George Street Playhouse credits include Jolson Sings Again and The Spitfire Grill, can currently be seen as a radio reporter in the acclaimed film The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. He also has a recurring role in the popular USA Network series Mr. Robot. He has appeared in Broadway productions of A View from the Bridge, The Herbal Bed and Frost/Nixon, as well as in the first national tour of Billy Elliot.
An Iraq war hero’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