American Son: Global Audience | Behind the Scenes | Netflix

American Son: Global Audience | Behind the Scenes | Netflix


This time of night,
I always get agitated. I don’t know I’ve had
a sleep-filled night since that boy was born. One of the best things that has ever happened
in my life was to have the opportunity
to work on this story. My son is missing. It’s something
that I’m really proud of because the material
is so important. Either he’s in the system
or he isn’t. Ma’am, no disrespect,
but we have a protocol. Listen, I may seem paranoid,
but he’s not home. So often
we think of the people who face incidents
with the police as being those other people
who live in those other places. There are people
all over the world where these issues
of unconscious bias and race are very much alive
and present. And when we spend ninety minutes
with these parents, we realize this issue is an issue
that belongs to all of us. Many times it is hard
to translate a story for the stage, but our approach
is very cinematic. I’m always trying to control
where 1,200 people will look on a given night. And in many ways, it works more powerfully
for the camera. Jesus Christ, Scott. It’s okay.
Everything’s gonna be fine. Where’s our son? It’s a punch in the gut. It moves
at such an alarming pace, and the stakes get so high
so quickly that you can’t help
but get on for the ride. I wanna know where my son is
right now! I want to talk to him! One of the things that’s so
exciting about the story for me is that you really are getting to walk
in somebody else’s shoes. This is a woman
who is trying to prevent her life turning into a statistic. This is a mother’s
worst nightmare. Looking for your kid at 4 a.m.
in the morning. -Ma’am, I have kids too.
-Do you? -Okay? I do.
-How old are they? -Well, they’re–
-Any of them black? Now, with the film, 
this play is gonna live not just in our beautiful gem
of a theater in New York, but all over the world. It’s world-class storytelling in a way that has never
happened before. I’m scared. I get it. The film is really about
all of us all over the world loving and caring for and taking responsibility
for our young people as if they are our own because they could be. It’s Mama again. I am worried about you. Please call me.

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