by Bess Wohl
directed by Cristina Alicea
produced October 12-30, 2016
At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up-and-coming “sandwich artists”—a teenager, a single mom, and a downsized manager from corporate banking—are perfecting the mustard-to-cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. American Hero is a supersized comedy about life, liberty, and the pursuit of sandwiches.
Ben Ash as Ted
Cael Barkman as Jamie
Emily Benway as Sheri
Jon van Luling as Bob et al.
Scenic Design: Jeff Modereger
Costume Design: Kate Fulop
Lighting Design: Dylan Friedman
Sound Design: Zach Williamson
Props Master: Sue Wade
Technical Director: Alan Hefferon
Stage Management: Kelsey Vivian
Behind the Scenes
“[Bess Wohl’s] darkly funny comedy…takes a wry, compassionate attitude toward American workers barely clinging to the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.”—The New York Times.
“Wohl’s quirky comedy observes a few specimens of the embattled American working class…Simmering beneath the heroic battle to succeed in a cutthroat market—and the great crisis when the franchise is abandoned by its corporate owners—is a metaphorically rich survival drama about individual pluck and group courage.”—Variety.
“…no matter where you fall on the food chain, you’re bound to encounter frustration in a day and age when uniformity and profit are valued over creativity and inspiration. AMERICAN HERO calls to mind a range of anxiety-generating post-recession narratives, among them Laura Marks’ Bethany…but the ideas [Wohl] is toying with leave you plenty to chew on.”—NBC (New York).