WHEN THE SUN
WHEN THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTER follows the path
of a Cuban-American U.S. Senate hopeful whose
candidacy is threatened by the skeletons in his closet,
and explores how the fear of terrorism threatens
our civil liberties.
The play features three prominent roles for Hispanic actors
and deals with LGBT themes.
WHEN THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTER won both
Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards for Best New Work in 2011.
● Carbonell Award for Best New Work (2011)
● Silver Palm Award for Best New Work (2011)
● Nominee - Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award (2011)
● Finalist - National New Play Network Smith Prize (2009)
● Winner - Actor’s Playhouse (Coral Gables, FL) “Page to Stage” Playwriting Contest (2009)
● Winner - Stageworks Playwriting Contest (Tampa, FL, 2009)
● Semi-Finalist - O’Neill Playwrights Conference (2009)
"Playwright Christopher Demos-Brown makes full use
of the possibilities of theater. Chief among his tools are elegant
transitions that underscore the ironies in Joe’s life with words
whose meanings shift with the scenes. A scene of Joe making
a political speech slips on the back of a word into a bedroom tryst
with his gay lover, then rides on another phrase into a petty clash with his wife.
[Demos-Brown is] a first-rate talent."
PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER - Jan Sjostrom
"Sometimes leavened by laughs -- particularly for those
who understand its judiciously placed, character-enhancing
snippets of Spanish -- WHEN THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTER
is a taut drama about the clash between morality and
political expediency, the disconnect between a public and private persona."
MIAMI HERALD - Christine Dolen
"[W]ithin a history lesson..., Demos-Brown has written a
cautionary tale about ambition and candor for our times."
PALM BEACH TIMES - Hap Erstein