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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Kerry Washington attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions
‘Scandal’ is over so Kerry Washington has decided to head back to broadway with ‘American Son’
Directing will be Kenny Leon, who won a Tony Award for 2014’s “A Raisin in the Sun” starring Denzel Washington. Leon most recently directed the Broadway revival “Children of a Lesser God.”
The play is set in a Florida police station in the middle of the night, with a mother searching for her missing teenage son, and is described by the production as “a gripping tale of two parents caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance.”
Said Kerry Washington, “Christopher Demos-Brown has written a play that dives deep into the big questions of who we are as a nation, by exploring the intimate relationships within a family caught at the crossroads of love, loss, identity and community.
“After reading the script I was immediately enthralled by the world of the play and the gripping circumstances that these characters are facing. I am excited to step into the ring with Kenny and Steve to tell this story on Broadway.”
The production will mark the Broadway premiere of “American Son,” which was commissioned and staged in 2016 by the Berkshire’s Barrington Stage Company. According to a synopsis of the original production, the play focuses on a separated interracial couple who are attempting to locate their missing 18-year-old son, whose empty car was found during a traffic stop