The Wades, Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith to Co-Produce American Son Starring Kerry Washington

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The Wades, Shonda Rhimes, and Jada Pinkett-Smith to co-produce American Son, the Broadway play starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale.

Via Deadline:

Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade will co-produce Broadway’s upcoming American Son. The play which stars Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale in a story tackling, among other subjects, race and law enforcement.

The additional co-producers announced today also include NFL player-turned-actor Nnamdi Asomugha and businessman/author Steve Stoute. Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company is producing the play alongside Jeffry Richards, Rebecca Gold and Will Trice.

Christopher Demos-Brown wrote the play and Tony-winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) is directing the play. Washington and Pasquale star as the estranged parents of a missing teenage boy, brought together in a Florida police station when the boy’s empty car is found during a traffic stop.

“Christopher Demos-Brown has written a play that dives deep into the big questions of who we are as a nation,” said Washington, “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.”

The new line-up of co-producers suggests some investment in the project, as well as a very public endorsement. The new producers are not expected to take a hands-on approach to the production’s development.

Also in the cast are Eugene Lee and Jeremy Jordan.

American Son‘s 16-week limited engagement begins previews Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Booth Theatre, with an opening night of Sunday, Nov. 4.


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