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
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!
Suzzanne Douglasrecently completed principal photography on the film Black N’ Blue, an indie film that addresses the Black Lives Matter movement. Suzzanne is currently appearing in the independent feature film, Happy Yummy Chicken for which she also wrote the title song. Her films include Tap with Sammy Davis, Jr., How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett, Jason’s Lyricwith Forrest Whittaker and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Inkwellwith Joe Morton and School of Rockwith Jack Black. Douglas is widely known for her role in the Warner Brothers sitcom, Parent ‘Hood co-starring Robert Townsend. She has appeared in such highly acclaimed shows as Bull, Whitney (the Whitney Houston bio-pic), The Good Wife,Bones, andLaw and Order – Criminal Intent. Theater credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Threepenny Opera, Wit, Henry V, Lady DayandCrowns.
Mark Junek's George Street Playhouse debut came as Officer Paul Larkin in 2017's American Son. Other credits include The Performers on Broadway, Frankenstein at the Denver Center, The Forgotten Woman at Bay Street Theatre, after all the terrible things I do at Milwaukee Rep, The Vibrator Play at Syracuse Stage, Family Play at The New Ohio, Galileo and A Midsummer Night's Dream at New York’s Classic Stage Company, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Imaginary Invalid at Bard Summerscape. Television credits include the second season of The Outs, Blindspot, Forever, Smash and Law and Order: SVU. Mark is a graduate of Columbia University and a The Juilliard School Drama Division, Group 40.
Mark Kenneth Smaltz
Mark Kenneth Smaltz made his George Street Playhouse debut as Lieutenant John Stokes in 2017's American Son. He has known GSP Artistic Director Saint for over 20 years and is excited to be working with him. Mr. Smaltz was recently in Berkeley Rep’s production of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here. Mr. Smaltz has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, film and television.
Jamal`s mother and her estranged husband rush to the police station when their son`s car has been pulled over. With no explanation forthcoming and emotions building, this highly-charged drama twists, turns and builds to an explosive conclusion. American Son, recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for a new play by an emerging playwright, is certain to challenge assumptions and ignite conversations regarding recent events and the racial divide in this country.
"Intense...explosive...provocative" - Asbury Park Press/Gannett NJ
"Essential for our times...more than a 'must-see'" - Princeton Packet/TimeOFF
"First-rate...flawless" - Huffington Post
"Powerful, poignant" - BroadwayWorld.com
"An emotional roller coaster...a play for our times" - TAPinto.net
News & Reviews
- Theater: 'American Son' at New Brunswick's George Street Playhouse - The Times of Trenton/NJ.com (2/22/2017)
- 'American Son' – An Emotional Look at Racial Divides - Let's Go to the Theater (2/22/2017)
- American Sons and the Police: The Play - History News Network (2/20/2017)
- Drama of an "American Son" at George Street Playhouse - Scene on Stage (2/17/2017)
- STAGE REVIEW: 'American Son' at George Street Playhouse - Princeton Packet/TimeOFF (2/16/2017)
- George Street Playhouse presents intense, timely drama 'American Son' - NJArts.net (2/16/2017)
- THEATER REVIEW: Race, class and prejudice resonate in 'American Son' - NewJerseyHills.com (2/16/2017)
- REVIEW: American Son - New Jersey Stage (2/15/2017)
- 'American Son' review: This sharp, intense play is worth seeking out - The Star-Ledger/NJ.com (2/14/2017)
- NJ Review: American Son - CurtainUp.com (2/14/2017)
- "American Son": An emotionally draining cautionary drama - Out In Jersey (2/14/2017)
- BWW Review: AMERICAN SON at GSP is Powerful, Poignant Drama - BrowadwayWorld.com (2/13/2017)
- THEATER REVIEW: 'American Son' at George Street Playhouse - Asbury Park Press/Gannett NJ (2/13/2017)
- First Nighter: Christopher Demos-Brown's "American Son" Confronts Troubled Race Relations - Huffington Post (2/13/2017)
- George Street's 'American Son' Stirs Raw Emotions in Complex, Provocative Drama - TAPinto.net (2/13/2017)
- VIDEO: George Street Playhouse Debuts "American Son" - JerseyArts.com Culture Vultures (2/10/2017)
- AUDIO: Emotions Run High in George Street Playhouse's "American Son" - WBGO (2/10/2017)
- 'American Son' at George Street is a raw and timely look at race - The Star-Ledger/NJ.com (2/6/2017)
- 'American Son' at George Street explores race, family - Asbury Park Press/GannettNJ (2/3/2017)
American Son is sponsored by The Karma Foundation and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.