'American Som' which is the four-character story, opens on Sunday for a limited engagement, is set in a Florida police station where a mother and father are seeking information about their missing son.
Actress Kerry Washington, best known for her Emmy-nominated role over seven seasons on television drama 'Scandal,' returns to the Broadway stage this month in the new play 'American Son.'
The four-character story, which opens on Sunday for a limited engagement, is set in a Florida police station where a mother and father are seeking information about their missing son.
The 90-minute production was written by Christopher Demos-Brown, who works as a trial attorney in Southern Florida.
Brown said he used that experience to help shape the story, but said the emotional impetus was police shootings of African-Americans.
"I wrote it around the time of the Tamir Rice incident and the Eric Garner incident. Those - the Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Philando Castile incident - really, kind of were the ones that were in the back of my mind" and are mentioned in the play, Demos-Brown said in an interview.
Cast members said they hope 'American Son' sparks meaningful conversations about race, identity and love.
"I think it gives you a lot of perspectives," Washington said. "One of my hopes is that when people leave the theater, not only that they`re talking about the play with each other, but that they find themselves walking in somebody else`s shoes."
Washington previously appeared on Broadway in 2009 in the David Mamet play 'Race.'
She starred in 'Scandal' on the ABC broadcast network for seven seasons as political fixer Olivia Pope.