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Video: Kerry Washington Discusses American Son In NY Times Talk


Late one night in a Florida police station, two parents search for answers.

Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale play the mixed-race couple at the center of American Son, a timely piece about to begin performances at the Booth Theatre.

Last Wednesday, at a talk hosted by The New York Times, the stars sat down with director Kenny Leon—who brought us Children Of A Lesser God last season—and playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, to discuss this story, their process, and the importance of the collective experience of theatre.

“This particular play has four characters, all different from each other and they look at the world all from different perspectives,” explains Leon. “But they’re doing something that we did in Children Of A Lesser God; they’re listening.”

As you listened to the cast and creative team talk about the play, it’s readily apparent that this is a deeply personal story for everyone involved—in particular for Washington, who is back on Broadway for the first time in almost a decade.

“I felt like, in a lot of ways, I’d never seen… this particular voice of African American woman-ness, and yet I knew her,” Washington explains of why she was drawn to the project.

The talk lasted over an hour, but the deeply thoughtful and thorough answers fill the time easily—and make it clear that this is a conversation that has only barely begun.

Watch The New York Times Talk in full below, then click on the show page link to book tickets to see this moving play for yourself.