Netflix To Adapt Broadway Hit ‘American Son’ With Kerry Washington Reprising Role

Peter Cunningham

Christopher Demos-Brown’s Broadway play American Son starring Kerry Washington is heading to Netflix. The critically-acclaimed production will be adapted for the streaming giant. Washington, who will reprise her role along with Steven Pasquale and others from the original Broadway staging, made the announcement Monday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


American Son follows the story of an estranged couple – black mom and white dad – who reunite in a Florida police station to seek answers about their missing teenage son.

In addition to Washington and Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee will reprise their roles in the production, with Kenny Leon (Tony Award winner for 2014’s A Raisin in the Sun) returning to direct and produce. Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold also serve as producers, along with Washington and her EVP Development and Production Pilar Savone under Washington’s Simpson Street banner. Production is set to begin in New York City in February.

American Son powerfully explores themes of family, love and identity,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content. “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, Kenny Leon, Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”

Washington is repped by CAA, Washington Square Films and attorney Gretchen Rush.

Leon is repped by CAA and attorney Dorna J. Taylor.

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