Honoring Veterans at Heart of ‘American Hero’ at George Street Playhouse

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Playwright Christopher Demos-Brown’s “American Hero” opens tonight at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. The show runs Tuesday, January 30 – Sunday, February 25.

From George Street Playhouse:

Captain Rob Wellman’s perfect life starts to unravel when a fellow veteran seeking justice shows up threatening to expose a hidden past. From the author of last season’s “American Son,” this probing drama shines a light on how America honors its veterans, the corrupting effect of awards and commendations, and questions what it truly means to be a hero. “American Hero” joins “American Son” and a yet-to-be titled new work to create a trilogy of plays that explore American injustice. American Hero is the recipient of the Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.

“American Hero was inspired by a specific event in my life,” said playwright Christopher Demos-Brown. “A few years ago, I saw a Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient speak. He earned the medal by fighting off attacking North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers — literally — jumping on a grenade (which did not explode) to save his own platoon during the Tet Offensive. Almost unimaginable heroism.”

George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint returns to helm “American Hero.” “Like ‘American Son,’ ‘American Hero’ is an explosive and powerful work,” said Mr. Saint. “While respecting those who serve our country, it asks challenging questions about the American ideal of heroism.”

The cast of ‘American Hero’ (via George Street Playhouse)

The cast includes playhouse favorites John Bolger (last season’s “American Son,” 2014’s “Outside Mullingar”) and Armand Schultz (“The Spitfire Grill,” “Jolson Sings Again”), as well as Broadway’s Kally Duling (“Fun Home”) and Laiona Michelle (“Amazing Grace”)

George Street Playhouse is now located at 103 College Farm Road in New Brunswick. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the George Street Playhouse website at www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org, or call the box office at 732-246-7717.