Auditions Announced for AMERICAN SON at Beechmont Players

BPI_logoBeechmont Players and directors James & Sarah Updike will be holding auditions for American Son, by Christopher Demos-Brown.

An estranged interracial couple must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Their disparate histories and backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to find out what happened to their son.


Tuesday, June 6th & Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm

Anderson Center Theater (downstairs meeting room – look for signs)
7850 Five Mile Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45255

Please bring a resume and conflicts from December 1st – February 10th, 2024. Headshot is encouraged. Cold readings will be done from the script.

Rehearsals start at the beginning of December and will rehearse 3 days a week with a break for the Holidays. The final schedule will be determined after the show is cast and conflicts have been provided.

Show Dates:

February 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, & 10th, 2024 at the Anderson Center Theater


  • Kendra Ellis-Connor [Female, 40-55]
    A professor of psychology and the mother of a teenage son; recently separated from her white husband. She is emotionally raw, but trying to keep it together behind a professional façade. She is a strong, confident, and self-possessed woman.
    Ethnicity: Black / African-American
  • Scott Connor [Male, 40-55]
    Kendra’s estranged husband. An FBI agent; he takes pride in his family’s long tradition of military service. Though he can be rigid in his views, he has a warm, sensitive side and is a deeply loving and devoted father. He has obvious contained power, but when pushed can explode.
    Ethnicity: White / European
  • Officer Paul Larkin [Male, 25-35]
    An intelligent, congenial young police officer with bold career ambitions who lacks actual life experience; while always trying to do the right thing, he often says the wrong thing at the wrong time. His naivety can appear comic and inappropriate at times.
    Ethnicity: White / European
  • Officer John Stokes [Male, 45-60]
    A tough, no-nonsense, career police officer who is used to having people listen when he talks. He has paid his dues, knows the rules, and has no hesitation enforcing them.
    Ethnicity: Black / African-American


Contact directors James & Sarah Updike at


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