“American Son” Returns to Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

September 12th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
Luke Smith, Michael Hayden, Andre Ware and Tamara Tunie (photo: Scott Barrow)

Luke Smith, Michael Hayden, Andre Ware and Tamara Tunie (photo: Scott Barrow)

Following a successful run at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield earlier this summer, the critically-acclaimed world premiere play, American Son, returns to the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage from September 14-25. American Son was the winner of the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016.

Written by award-winning playwright Christopher Demos-Brown and directed by Julianne Boyd, American Son stars Tamara Tunie (“Law & Order: SVU”) as Kendra Ellis-Connor; Michael Hayden (Carousel) as Scott Connor; Luke Smith (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Officer Paul Larkin; and Andre Ware (“House of Cards”) as Lt. John Stokes.

This explosive new drama examines our nation’s racial divide through the eyes of an estranged, interracial couple. Over the course of one evening, the couple’s disparate backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving their son, the police, and an abandoned car.

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“We had an overwhelming response from audiences and were sold out for many performances of American Son this summer. We want to make this important and relevant play available once again to our Berkshire audiences, especially the young people of Pittsfield. In addition to our evening performances for all theater-goers, we will be presenting four student matinees, three of which will be devoted entirely to Pittsfield and Taconic High School students. Talkbacks will be held after each matinee. We want to engage students directly in conversations about race and bias,” said BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

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