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American Son

First Preview: Sep 18, 2018

Opening Date: Oct 06, 2018

Closing Date: Jan 27, 2019

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Playing @

Booth Theatre

222 W 45th St New York, NY 10036

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American Son is a gripping tale of two parents (Kerry Washington & Steven Pasquale) caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance.

Do you know where your children are?

A Florida police station in the middle of the night; a mother searching for her missing teenage son. American Son is a gripping tale of two parents caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance.

2016 Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright.
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 15

Show Notes

Show Notes: No Intermission

Audience Advisory:

Adult language No performance 11/22

Performance Schedule:



Kenny Leon

Written by

Christopher Demos-Brown

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

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Full-price tickets

$79 - $169

Lottery & Rush

$40 - rush tickets are available at the box office the morning of the performance. Tickets are subject to availability and are limited to two per valid student ID.



Quotation Mark

But it is also true that taking the racing pulse of these jittery times with such head-on forthrightness is what gives the play its powerful, ultimately shattering charge. “American Son,” acted with sharp focus by its cast of four under Kenny Leon’s solid direction, may not reveal to us anything new about what it means to live while black in America (unless you’ve been, I don’t know, digging for clams for the past several years), but it explores the experience with a clarity, probity and intensity that cannot be denied. The play is not always subtle, but in that sense it also mirrors the reality of living in a dramatically polarized America.

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Enhancing the production is an outstanding company of A-listers: Jeremy Jordan as a young white cop limited by his narrow world view; Eugene Lee providing the pragmatic voice of a black man who's learned how to straddle both sides to survive; Steven Pasquale as a member of the ruling class who's never had to compromise; and Kerry Washington — at times combative and emotionally overwrought — reflects the soul-crippling history of the black experience in America.

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what Washington is doing is out of an older, more frightening ritual than the conventional Broadway play. She takes the rage, sorrow and guilt of our whole city-state and channels them into a single cry."

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Box Office

Ticket Lobby. Counter 43". Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32". Assistance available.


Lot: North side of streetbetween Broadway & 8th Ave. Vans enter on 46th St.Garage: East of Shubert Alley on south side of 45th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps

(2.5" lip) SW corner of 45th St. & Broadway; NW corner of 45th St. & Broadway.

Directions Bus

Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.


Unisex: House left at orchestra rear crossover aisle. ADA compliant. Door 32". Stall 62"x139". Commode 18". Grab bars.

Directions Subway

1, 2, 3, 7, S, A, C, E, N, R, Q, W to 42nd St/Times Square


Orchestra on ground level. Mezzanine and lower lounge reached only by stairs. seats 781.


There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.


Ticket lobby. Coin slot 54". Cord length 30". Volume control. With TTY and electric outlet.


Double doors in series:1st set (each 27") has one pair of automatic doors from Shubert Alley to Ticket Lobby with push-button control; 2nd set (each 29", attended by ushers) to inner lobby; 3rd set (one at 31.5", two at 28.5", attended by ushers) into Orchestra.

Folding Armrests

Eight row-end seats with folding armrests, ask for mobility seats when booking.

Water Fountain

Inner lobby. Spout 36".

Assisted Listening System

Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit.

Wheelchair Info

Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Five ADA compliant viewing locations with companion seating. Transfer optional. ADA seats priced at regular orchestra and also at lowest price in the theatre.

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

1, 2, 3, 7, S, A, C, E, N, R, Q, W to 42nd St/Times Square

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By Bus:

Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.