American Son

By Christopher Demos-Brown

Opening March 12th 2021, Closes March 28th

Kendra is living every black mother’s worst nightmare: her son is missing, it’s four o’clock in the morning and she’s at the police station trying to find out what happened. The officer working the nightshift is useless, her ex-husband isn’t picking up his phone and the speculations and beginning to consume her. This explosive new drama examines our nation’s racial divide through the eyes of parents searching for answers.

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Meet The Artist in the Lobby

Sponsors

Lyra Logan as a licensed attorney for more than 30 years, Lyra Logan has a lengthy resume, however even with all of those accomplishments, Lyra believes none of her previous work has been as fulfilling as her current position as executive vice president and general counsel of the Florida Education Fund. Her work has been focused on directing various pre-college programs, ranging from standardized test preparation to CodeMasters coding programs and tech certifications. Her passion to continue to learn inspires her dedication to education

Gans, Gans & Associates is an executive search, human resources consulting firm founded in Chicago in 1986. Today, we are headquartered in Plant City, Florida. GGA’s services are built upon the accumulated experiences of our team – past leaders in the public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors. Together, we have years of management experience and can help lead organizations through the inevitable stresses and strains, both positive and negative, that every organization experiences. Simone Barefield, founder and principal, and the gga team are thrilled to support this production at Stageworks.  As a past board chair, Ms. Barefield and her company are committed to community building through the arts in the Tampa Bay area.

Cast & Creative Team

Andresia Moseley, is a classically trained theatre actress and nationally recognized spoken word artist. She is a 2018-2020, recipient of the National Performance Network’s Creation and Development Fund co-commissioned by Art2Action and ASU Gammage and supported by the Hillsborough Arts Council Artist Development Grant. In 2018 Andresia became an ASU Gammage Artist in Residence for the development of her first one woman show Five Black Women. From 2016-2019 she was on national tour as the lead character in Speed Killed My Cousin with the Carpetbag Theatre Inc. Knoxville, TN. Moseley’s performance in Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 where she played 27 characters and was named “best performance of 2020” by Broadway World. Moseley was also named “stand out actress” for her role as the Lady in Blue in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Creative Loafing. Additional select theatre credits in 2018-20 include: Doubt: A Parable and Polar Bears, Black Boys and Fringed Orchids with Jobsite Theatre at the Straz Performing Arts Center, Flying with the Tampa Repertory Theatre, Swopera : A Spoken Word Opera at the Ula Love Doughty Theatre, Knoxville , TN and Red Summer at the Bijou Theatre, Knoxville TN. She is excited to be working with StageWorks Theatre in this timely and important production of American Son.

Having last appeared in Stageworks’ production of All My Sons,(which was shortly after the invention of the internet) Ward Smith is beyond thrilled to be back with this stellar cast and crew.  Starting with USO shows and live theater in the US ARMY in1982, this actor, standup comedian, director, and voice-over artist, has been working steadily for 39 years. He’s appeared in over 50 stage productions, many on Bay Area stages including, The Palladium, Jobsite, freeFall, St. Pete Opera and as artistic director of The Heather, where he successfully staged critically acclaimed productions of The Mountain Top, Disgraced, RED and Race. As a member of SAGAFTRA, he can be seen in streaming episodes of Zoo, Nashville, Let’s Stay Together, Burn Notice, Army Wives, MacGyver, and The Right Stuff. As a Nationally touring stand-up comedian since ’85 stops at major club chains included: Punchline, Improv, Funny Bone, Comedy Zone, and has appeared and/or toured with: Pat Paulson, Dennis Miller, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock to name a few. All the love in the world to ‘all his sons’ and his amazing and beautiful wife Karen for continued love and support. His performance is dedicated to the memories of local theater giants Anna Brennan and Vince Petti.

Aaron Washington is thrilled to be a member of the cast of American Son and would like to thank Karla Hartley and Fanni Green for castling. A Tampa resident since 2007, Aaron has been a performer at Busch Gardens, performed in shows at Showpalace Dinner Theatre, American Stage ahd Stageworks in Lights RIse on Grace. Mt Washington is s director, Choreographer, Educator and perfomer. This is production Aaron would like to dedicate this production and his performances yo his Mom and Dad.

Blake Halloran is an actor/voice actor living in the Tampa Bay Area. He graduated from the University of South Florida in Spring 2020 with a bachelors degree in Theatre Performance. His most recent roles were Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret and the Emcee in the shows: Opening Night Critters and Critters Inn Charge at Busch Gardens. This is Blake’s first show at Stageworks and he couldn’t be more excited to be working on such a powerful piece with such a talented cast of people.

Fanni Green (Director)

Fanni Green is a USF Theatre alumna, a USF faculty member for more than ten years and native of St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to USF, she has taught on the voice faculties of The Actor’s Center in New York, the Yale School of Drama and the Juilliard School.

She is not only a director and actor, but also a very talented playwright.

Heather Krueger (Stage Manager)

Heather Krueger (Stage Manager) is our current resident Stage Manager here at Stageworks. She has assisted with all our Resilience Season shows, and has previously appeared on the stage here. Recently, she has been performing fantastic tunes for Stageworks Cabaret’s all across the Tampa Bay. She has an addiction to Dunkin Donuts, is well known for being a fire hot redhead, and an incredible friend and mother of two.

Frank Chavez (Set Design) has worked as a costume and scenic designer for 20 years.  Previous Stageworks design include:  The Divine Sister, Sylvia, Of Mice and Men and Raisin in the Sun and Ain’t Misbehavin. Frank’s designs have also been seen at American Stage (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Hair) and Tampa Rep (Cat on the Hot Tin Roof and Heroes). This year he received his Third Best of the Bay award, two for Scenic Design and one for Costume Design.  Along with local work, Frank has designed numerous productions Off-Broadway and regionally.  He is currently the resident Costume Designer at the University of Tampa.

Karla Hartley (Lighting and Sound Designer) is currently the Producing Artistic Director here at Stageworks Theatre. She is the proud recipient of 3 Theatre Tampa Bay Best Director Awards, as well as 4 Best Director Awards from Creative Loafing and The Artist Most Likely to Have Been Born on Planet Krypton.