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American Son

February 7 — February 26, 2017

February 7 — February 26, 2017

Playwright
Christopher Demos-Brown

Christopher Demos-Brown

Playwright

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.

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Director
David Saint

David Saint

Director

David Saint (Director/Artistic Director) is in his 22nd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 39 mainstage production at GSP, having most recently helmed last season's American Hero;I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner. 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 AvengerProofThe 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. 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.

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Cast
John Bolger

John Bolger

Cast

John Bolger (Roy Gill) returns to George Street Playhouse for a seventh time, having previously appeared here in American HeroAmerican SonOutside MullingarGood PeopleTwelve 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 DreamMacbethTwelfth NightAs You Like ItThe Sea Plays and Ages of Man,  with The Willow Cabin Theatre Co. TV: TakenBullHomelandThe BlacklistOrange is the New BlackThe Black Donnelly’sSex and the CityLaw & OrderNYPD BlueGeneral HospitalOne Life to Live and Another World. Film: Patriots DayThe Only Living Boy in New YorkJust LookingParting Glances and Black and White. And thank you Pat McCorkle for your decades, yes decades, of encouragement and support. You wonderful woman you!

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Suzzanne Douglas

Suzzanne Douglas

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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.
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Mark Junek

Mark Junek

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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.

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Mark Kenneth Smaltz

Mark Kenneth Smaltz

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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.

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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.  

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"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 

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American Son is sponsored by The Karma Foundation and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. 

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Cast announced for powerful drama "American Hero"

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

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"American Son" tops list of 2017's best NJ theatre productions

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