Stages Theatre Company (STC) and Capri Theater are proud to bring All American Boys from April 29-May 22 at the Capri Theater. This play is based on the award-winning book by National Book Award winner and Ambassador of Children’s Literature Jason Reynolds, and best-selling author Brendan Kiely. This important play follows the lives of two high-school boys, one Black and one white, as they powerfully intersect after a violent act of racially motivated police brutality. Unfolding through the boys’ alternating perspectives, the story follows their journey as they grapple with the devastating impact of racism as it reverberates through their families, schools and town.
Directed by Theo Langason and Cody R. Braudt, the production is recommended for ages 10+ due to strong language and violence. Tickets start at $14. Performances run April 29-May 22 at the Capri .
“At its core, All American Boys is a story of personal resilience and communal resilience; we will do the necessary work to create a rehearsal process that bolsters and celebrates the strength and resilience of our communities. We have no interest in depicting Black pain for the benefit of white audiences.
We mourn George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Philando Castile and countless others who have been murdered by police. It is our hope that this production will be an opportunity for conversation and healing around the pain of police violence that continues to harm our communities locally and beyond.”
–Theo Langason and Cody R. Braudt, directors of All American Boys
By centering this story at the Capri and during May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, STC hopes to provide a space for community dialogue and healing. STC has engaged Washburn Center for Children, a leader in mental health and trauma healing, to support the cast and crew during the rehearsal and performance processes, and facilitate community conversation. All ticket holders will be invited to attend virtual community conversations on May 2, 9 and 16 from 6-7 p.m.
To purchase tickets, visit stagestheatre.org or call 952-979-1111, option 4, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors (60+); $14 for children/students (ages 2-17). Group pricing is available for groups of 10 or more to all productions.