"American Son" ready for world premiere at Barrington Stage Company


PITTSFIELD >> Actress Tamara Tunie and actor Michael Hayden are co-starring in the world premiere of "American Son," a new play by Florida playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St.

Previews begin at 8 p.m. Friday. Press opening is 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The drama is scheduled to run through July 9 with evening performances at 7 Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 8 Thursdays through Saturdays. Matinees are at 2 on Wednesdays and Fridays, and at 5 on Sundays. There will be no matinee this Friday and on June 25.

Tunie and Hayden play a separated interracial couple facing a crisis when their missing son's car is found by the police.

Barrington Stage founding artistic director Julianne Boyd is directing.

Ticket information is available by phone at 413-236-8888; online at barringtonstageco.org; or directly at the BSC box office at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.

"American Son" was commissioned by Barrington Stage with the support of a $50,000 award from the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, which also awarded Demos-Brown $25,000.

The Miami-based playwright also has received the 2014 Steinberg Award Citation from the American Critics Association for "Fear Up Harsh." He is a two-time Carbonell Award and Silver Palm Award winner.

— A producer of the original 2007 Tony Award-winning production of the musical, "Spring Awakening," Tunie is perhaps best known for her recurring roles as Medical Examiner Warner on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and Marie Van Der Veen in the SundanceTV series, "The Red Road."

Hayden made a splash as Billy Bigelow in Lincoln Center's 1993 revival of "Carousel," which was transported from London's National Theatre. Hayden earned a 2001 Tony nomination for featured actor in a play for his performance in "Judgment at Nuremberg."


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