playwright / screenwriter
(formerly FEAR UP HARSH)
A Marine Medal of Honor recipient's world comes
apart when a fellow soldier asks him to help her in a
desperate quest for justice.
AMERICAN HERO examines the nature of heroism in
America. The play received a 2014 Steinberg Citation
from the American Theatre Crtitics Association and
a Carbonell Award for Best New Work. The play
features a strong, African-American, female lead.
● American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award Citation (2014)
● Carbonell Award for Best New Work (2014)
● Silver Palm Award for Best New Work (2014)
● Miami New Times - Named #1 Drama of the 2013 South Florida Season
● Top Plays of 2013 (Florida Theatre On Stage)
● Miami Herald - Named #1 Play of the 2013 South Florida Theatre Season
"[T]his community should feel privileged to be the first
audience to absorb this stunning mediation on honor....
Most world premieres need at least some polish as they
find themselves through the trial and error of early productions.
This one felt like it was lifted straight from Broadway's Tony shortlist."
MIAMI NEW TIMES - John Thomason
"American Hero... is just blistering. It shakes you to your core.
It is one of the best plays or movies about war that I have ever seen."
HISTORY NEWS NETWORK - Bruce Chadwick
"This play is an absolute must see. Honestly, it was one of the best plays
I’ve seen in the past decade... Demos-Brown has a gift for dialogue that
is extremely rare. At first, it seems like the two characters on stage have
great chemistry, but as the chemistry continues regardless of who is on
stage you begin to realize that as wonderful as this cast is, it’s the dialogue
that simply flows so well. His words create great chemistry."
"A mercilessly penetrating interrogation of how our need for heroes —
a need even among the heroes themselves – can trump the very values
of truth, honor and loyalty that they fought to preserve...
Earlier this year, we raved about the draft of this script
at a staged reading…. Anytime you enthuse about something –
as we did citing this as one of the shows we most wanted to see –
you fear you’ve oversold the promise. There’s no fear of that here.”
FLORIDA THEATRE ON STAGE - Wm. Hirschman
"This is a playwright who crafts smart, insightful dialogue and
memorable characters in service of compelling, engagingly theatrical stories."
MIAMI HERALD - Christine Dolen