The Broadway premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son concludes its limited run at the Booth Theatre January 27, but those who did not have a chance to catch the contemporary drama onstage will soon have the opportunity to do so on the small screen.
Kerry Washington, who stars as Kendra in the Kenny Leon-helmed production, announced on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon January 21 that Netflix will adapt the play into a stage presentation-movie hybrid, to be filmed in February.
Washington and her three co-stars will reprise their performances for the project; joining her onstage are Steven Pasquale, Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee. Leon will also return to direct; he also joins the producing team with Jeffrey Richards, Rebecca Gold, and Washington’s Simpson Street.
The play, which opened in November 2018, is set in the middle of the night at a Miami police station and unfolds in real time as a separated, interracial couple reunites in search for answers about their missing teenage son.
Netflix has collaborated with the Main Stem to develop original programming more and more in recent years; past titles include Oh, Hello and Springsteen on Broadway.