Project Description

Sponsored by Carla and Ed Slomin

American Underground

World Premiere
Bonnie & Terry Burman New Play Award Winner

By BRENT ASKARI
Directed by JULIANNE BOYD

OCTOBER 2-OCTOBER 20
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

In the not-so-distant future, an interracial couple enjoys a visit from their college-aged son when a young Muslim woman arrives at their back door. She’s looking for safe passage via a new Underground Railroad as Muslims are being detained and imprisoned. Suddenly, a government official knocks on their door wreaking havoc on the family. They must decide how much to risk to save an innocent woman. This riveting thriller takes us inside a stark vision of an unapologetic America.

Sponsored in part by Philip and Mary Oppenheimer
Student Matinees sponsored in part by The Alpern-Rosenthal Foundation & Central Berkshire Fund & The Dobbins Foundation
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Writing an American Nightmare

with Brent Askari

How do you put a thriller on the stage and make it topical, political and scary? Brent will discuss how he took a genre play (the thriller) and made it about the world we live in or the world we could live in.

Saturday, October 5

4 pm at the Wolfson Theatre Center (122 North St.)

American Underground concerns Rog and Anna, an interracial couple that is part of The Network, a new version of the Underground Railroad — this one devoted to help Muslims get safe passage out of the country. One night, a young Muslim woman named Sherri arrives at their back door. The couple, along with their son Jeff, come up with a plan to help Sherri get away to freedom; however, Kourtney, a government official, shows up to interview them on the day of Sherri’s departure — claiming it’s all just routine — or does she know more than she’s admitting?