American Son

January 22 - March 22, 2020  I  Gompertz Theatre

Set in a Miami-Dade police station in the middle of the night, a mother is hunting for answers about her missing teenage son. Soon her husband appears, and the evening spirals out of control. Fresh from its critically-acclaimed Broadway run, this powerful drama tackles family relationships, love, loss, and identity.

American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown. 

Run Time: American Son runs 1 hour and 15 minutes and is performed with no intermission. 

To view a large print version of our playbill, click here. 


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Director  |  Kate Alexander
Scenic Designer  |  Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designer |  Mari Taylor
Lighting Designer  |  Thom Beaulieu
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp


Kendra Ellis-Connor  |  Almeria Campbell*
Scott Connor  |  Rod Brogan*
Officer Paul Larkin  |  Daniel Petzold*
Lt. John Stokes  |  Lawrence Evans*

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Rod Brogan (Scott Connor) Broadway: Mauritius (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway: Beyond The Horizon, The Burial At Thebes (Irish Rep); Mary Broome (Mint); Treasure Island (Irondale). Select Regional: The Cocktail Hour (Guthrie); Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, King Lear (Baltimore Center Stage); The Night Alive, Ironbound (City Theatre); Engaging Shaw, Pentecost, Antony and Cleopatra, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Pericles, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing (Old Globe); Other Desert Cities, Outside Mullingar (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); Scott and Hem (CATF); Doubt (Syracuse Stage); Judgment Day (Bard Summerscape). Tour: Doubt. Film/TV: The Winning Season; Major Dad (series regular), Homeland, Manifest, Unforgettable, American Odyssey, Oz, Third Watch, One Life To Live, Law & Order, GirlTalk. Video Game: Grand Theft Auto V. MFA: The Old Globe/University of San Diego.

Almeria Campbell (Kendra Ellis-Connor) is from Tyler, Texas. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in acting from Texas Christian University and her Masters of Fine Arts in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Almeria has done numerous commercials both on camera and voice over, as well as video games. Her most recent TV work is Madam Secretary and The Good Fight. To check out her work, you can go to

Lawrence Evans (Lt. John Stokes) Florida Studio Theatre: The Exonerated, One Man, Two Guvnors, Ruined. Other regional: Triad Stage, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Caldwell Theatre Company, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, freeFall Theatre, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Short North Stage. National tours: And Still I Rise, Camp Logan, The Sweet Spot. Television: New Amsterdam, All My Children, Another World, Ryan’s Hope, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, The Good Wife, Law & Order. Film: State Property II, The Devil Wears Prada. He studied theatre at Jackson State University and the University of Michigan.

Daniel Petzold (Officer Paul Larkin) is delighted to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut. His New York credits include Switzerland (59e59), Pushkin (american vicarious) and In the Line (Project Y). Regionally he’s been seen in A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse), Measure for Measure, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night (The Old Globe), Tom Stoppard’s trilogy The Coast of Utopia (Shotgun Players), Three Sisters (Berkeley Rep), A Bright New Boise (Aurora), Any Given Day and Another Way Home (The Magic), as well as performances with the San Francisco, Marin, and Livermore Shakespeare Festivals. He holds an M.F.A. from The Old Globe/University of San Diego. @_danielpetzold


SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE  I  January 18, 2020  I Actors ride emotional wave


Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Takes audience on emotional ride”
"Prods and provokes"

Sarasota Magazine
“A taut, ‘drawn from the headlines’ sort of story”
“Fast-paced and intense”
“An emotional, personal story”
“Demos-Brown [the playwright] is good at ratcheting up the tensions at play”

Total Theater

SRQ Magazine
"Smart and unafraid and unflinching"

The Observer
"Burning up the stage"
"Every parent's worst nightmare"

Bradenton Times

Talkin' Broadway
"Almeria Campbell gives an emotionally gripping performance, one that ranks with the best I've seen this season or ever"
"FST’s production of American Son represents provocative drama at its finest.”




In the Middle of a Nightmare

The Proud Father

Man of the Law

Taking Charge


Our American Son

The Heart in the Headlines

Raising the Bar

When he’s not writing plays, Christopher Demos-Brown works as a trial lawyer in Miami alongside his wife. Read more about their life in both the courtroom and the theatre  |  READ

Learn how the play traveled from Miami to Broadway  |  READ

Want to delve further into the issues of American Son? Check out The Opportunity Agenda’s Discussion Guide for the play  |  READ


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