AMERICAN SON: A New Broadway Play
THE OPPORTUNITY AGENDA: A Social Justice Communication Lab
Announce Partnership to Provide Community Education Tools & Discussion Events
(New York, NY) – The producers of American Son on Broadway, in an effort led by Kerry Washington, are proud to announce a partnership with The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab.
Together, they will create a suite of tools for audience engagement and social justice dialogue:
- Two unique community discussion events with the American Son artists will take place on
November 27 and January 10 at the Booth Theater.
- Educational and engagement materials such as “Raising American Son: A Discussion Guide” will be provided in venue and online for all audiences.
- American Son and The Opportunity Agenda will also work together to provide pathways for civic engagement and action and online conversations for audience members who are so moved.
“American Son speaks powerfully to the values of equal justice, belonging, and safety in all of its forms. This partnership aims to engage audiences as they process their thoughts and experiences with the play and ultimately seeks to improve conversations about race, identity and justice in this country” says Alan Jenkins, President and Co-Founder, The Opportunity Agenda. “These are critical, often complicated, conversations that are essential to our progress as a nation.”
“While in pre-production and rehearsal for American Son, we realized that giving people (myself included) tools to process this play would be a valuable part of the theatrical experience” says Kerry Washington, actor & producer, American Son. “While in previews, I have grown to believe that it is a necessary element to tell this story. The impact that the play has been having on audiences makes me truly grateful for our partnership with The Opportunity Agenda. The tools they are developing allow for a robust continuation of these important conversations.”
The community discussion events on November 27 and January 10 will be open forums between audience and artist, facilitated by Dramaturg Jocelyn Prince, following the performance. On November 27, the discussion will also feature Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. On January 10 the discussion will include Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of Latino Justice and one more guest to be announced.
The Ford Foundation will fund The Opportunity Agenda’s efforts with American Son.
Read more and access the Discussion Guide here: www.opportunityagenda.org/americansonplay
ABOUT AMERICAN SON:
AMERICAN SON stars Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe Nominee Kerry Washington (“Scandal,” Race), Drama Desk Award Nominee Steven Pasquale (“The People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” Bridges Of Madison County), Eugene Lee (Gem of the Ocean), and Tony Award Nominee Jeremy Jordan (“Supergirl,” Newsies).
Written by Christopher Demos-Brown and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences), AMERICAN SON will open on Broadway on Sunday, November 4, 2018. American Son is playing a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre on Broadway (222 West 45th Street) through January 27, 2019.
A Florida police station in the middle of the night. Two parents searching for answers. AMERICAN SON is a gripping tale about who we are as a nation, and how we deal with family relationships, love, loss, and identity.
Tickets are on sale at telecharge.com, 212.239.6200, or at the Booth Theatre box office (222 West 45th Street). Ticket prices range from $59 to $169. Student rush tickets will be $40. All prices inclusive of $2 facility fee, subject to availability. For groups of 10 or more, contact Broadway Inbound at broadwayinbound.com or 866.302.0995.
Now – November 3, American Son will play Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning November 6, the schedule will be Tuesday-Thursday evenings at 7pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.
ABOUT OPPORTUNITY AGENDA:
The Opportunity Agenda is a social justice communication lab. It works collaboratively with artists, entertainers, athletes and other creative influencers to connect cultural expression with activism and lasting, structural change. Headquartered in New York City, The Opportunity Agenda (www.OpportunityAgenda.org) is a project of Tides Center.