‘American Son’ Play Starring Kerry Washington Will Be Adapted by Netflix
On Monday, Kerry Washington announced on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that her Broadway play, “American Son,” will be adapted by Netflix. She is set to reprise her role as Kendra, the concerned mother of a son who may be in great danger.
The rest of the cast, including Ms. Washington’s co-star, Steven Pasquale, who plays Kendra’s estranged husband, Scott, will also return for the adaptation.
In the interview with Mr. Fallon, Ms. Washington said: “We’re not just filming the play. We’re adapting it to kind of be this movie-play hybrid event.”
Kenny Leon, who directed the Broadway production, will also direct the Netflix adaptation and act as a producer.
The play, written by Christopher Demos-Brown, is set in a South Florida police station, where the couple played by Ms. Washington and Mr. Pasquale try to get to the bottom of what happened to their missing son.
In his review, Jesse Green, who named the production a New York Times Critic’s Pick, wrote: “It barely feels like a play at all. With its unrelentingly high tension on every level — maternal, marital, societal — it’s more like a slice of a nightmare.”
The production for the Netflix adaptation will begin in February after the show wraps up its Broadway engagement at the Booth Theater on Sunday. No release date for the project has been announced, but when Mr. Fallon asked whether it would be released “sometime this year,” Ms. Washington said yes.
She also said she is pleased that the play will now have a larger audience, since, in her experience, it has been effective at starting discussions about issues like racism and police brutality: “It feels exciting that more people than just the ones in New York or just the people who have flown in to see it, that now everybody is going to get to have this conversation.”
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