The dark comedy American Hero begins performances on May 12 as part of Second Stage’s annual Uptown Series. The play, making its New York premiere, stars Jerry O’Connell, Ari Graynor, Daoud Heidami and Erin Wilhelmi. Opening night is set for May 22.
Written by Bess Wohl, American Hero follows three up and coming "sandwich artists"—a teenager, a single mom and a downsized refugee from corporate banking—who are perfecting the mustard to cheese ratio according to the company manual of a toasted subs franchise in a local mall. 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.
The play, directed by Leigh Silverman, will run through June 8 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.