Christopher Demos-Brown

Christopher Demos-Brown

Christopher Demos-Brown is an award winning playright. He is a recipient of the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Award and a 2014 Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics’ Association Citation. He has also won multiple time Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards and was a finalist for the NNPN Smith Award and Heideman Award in 2011. Chris is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a co-founder of Zoetic Stage...
Christopher Demos-Brown is an award winning playright. He is a recipient of the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Award and a 2014 Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics’ Association Citation. He has also won multiple time Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards and was a finalist for the NNPN Smith Award and Heideman Award in 2011. Chris is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a co-founder of Zoetic Stage in Miami, Florida.

Plays

  • AMERICAN SON
    (2016 LAURENTS / HATCHER AWARD RECIPIENT) An estranged bi-racial couple must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Their disparate backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to find out what happened to their son.
  • STRIPPED
    A Russian mail-order-bride and stripper fights to regain custody of her daughter after the state takes her away. In our era of hyper-vigilant child rearing, STRIPPED explores what it truly means to be a good parent. For more information about STRIPPED, please click on the following link: http://www.demosbrown.com/#!stripped/c13c3
  • OUR LADY OF ALLAPATTAH
    When a religious image mysteriously appears on the side of ghetto trip mall, two police detectives of different faiths investigate. They soon find themselves grappling with a brilliant, but morally depraved, slumlord owner turned cult leader in this play that explores the tension between faith and friendship. OUR LADY OF ALLAPATTAH won the ARTSport New Works Playwriting Prize in 2009 and was a Finalist for...
    When a religious image mysteriously appears on the side of ghetto trip mall, two police detectives of different faiths investigate. They soon find themselves grappling with a brilliant, but morally depraved, slumlord owner turned cult leader in this play that explores the tension between faith and friendship. OUR LADY OF ALLAPATTAH won the ARTSport New Works Playwriting Prize in 2009 and was a Finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. For more information about OUR LADY OF ALLAPATTAH, please click on the following link: http://www.demosbrown.com/#!our-lady-of-allapattah/cslh
  • CAPTIVA
    CAPTIVA was a nominee for the ACTA/Steinberg Award in 2012. American Theatre Critics Association New Play Chair, Bill Hirschman called CAPTIVA "a brilliantly observed, finely etched portrait of the familial ties that bind in every sense of the word [and] one of the finest works of theater we’ve seen in the strongest 18 months of theater [the South Florida] region has produced." [The following is...
    CAPTIVA was a nominee for the ACTA/Steinberg Award in 2012. American Theatre Critics Association New Play Chair, Bill Hirschman called CAPTIVA "a brilliantly observed, finely etched portrait of the familial ties that bind in every sense of the word [and] one of the finest works of theater we’ve seen in the strongest 18 months of theater [the South Florida] region has produced." [The following is a full review and synopsis of CAPTIVA by John Thomason of BOCA MAGAZINE] It’s a pretty well-known fact that in the regional theatre world, most world premieres are imperfect – they need the revising and polishing that comes from experiencing full-fledged productions in multiple venues. But every once in a while a show like “Captiva” comes along, a play so absolutely extraordinary that it’s hard to imagine it was written by a homegrown Florida writer and not the latest darling from Broadway. Produced by Zoetic Stage as the opener in the Miami company’s first full-length season, “Captiva” has had a fairly short run. It’s only playing through Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theatre, but this modern masterpiece is worth the drive down; you’ll be able to say you were one of the first audience members to see a show that will surely move to other markets. Zoetic’s production, directed by Stuart Meltzer, boasts a knockout set: A soothing, tranquil beach house in Florida, complete with front and back patios and sand brushing up against the building. The atmosphere won’t look as inviting by the end of the play, some two hours later, after the Cestar family has aired its collective dirty laundry all over the abode. They’re meeting to celebrate the impending nuptials of Val, a tortured would-be screenwriter who has finally found love. The clan includes brothers Luke, who is gay, and Matthew, who is married to wife Nikki, divorced parents Emily and Tom; and Tom’s twentysomething new plaything Theresa. Got all that? Don’t worry – by intermission, you’ll recognize all of these distinct personalities like your own kin. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any one of these beautifully drawn characters who doesn’t remind you of someone in your family. “Captiva” is hilariously inspired, with dialogue so witty you’ll want to write it down and repeat it to your friends and family later on. But it also underlines the difficulty of relationship maintenance – of the struggle to communicate and relate to the spouses, children and siblings to whom we’re shackled, for better or worse. Luke hasn’t come out to his parents, thinking that his father, a Fox News-parroting right-winger, wouldn’t approve. Emily is coming to grips with the fact that she has “never really loved” Val, whose conception was an accident. Matthew and Nikki have their own romantic dysfunction, and Theresa has a bombshell been she’s keeping from Tom. These revelations tend to spill from the characters, each one triggering the next like dominoes, in a busy second act that takes place partly in the dark, after a stormy power outage creates emotional pandemonium. When “Captiva” plays beyond South Florida, it will likely earn comparisons to Tracy Letts’ Broadway hit “August, Osage County,” which also explored the collapse of an extended American family. But “Captiva” is better, because it’s funnier and less didactic. I think a stronger comparison would be to filmmaker Robert Altman with a dollop of onetime Altman collaborator Raymond Carver – not just because it borrows the bustling ensemble casting of so many Altman films, with their overlapping dialogue, but in its manner of staging. “Captiva” is a play in CinemaScope, if that makes any sense. The cabana is like a widescreen canvas, where actors emerge from the dressing room simply to relax on set, and the spectator has a degree of control as to what he or she chooses to look at at any given time. It’s a liberating feeling for a play, one of many reasons to experience this wonderful play. For more information about CAPTIVA, please click on the following link: http://www.demosbrown.com/#!captiva/c1syf
  • WHEN THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTER
    When the Sun Shone Brighter, which examines a political candidate's struggle between ambition and truth, was a finalist for the 2010 NNPN Smith Prize, and was nominated for the ACTA/Steinberg Award. It won both a Carbonell (South Florida "Tony") and Silver Palm (South Florida "Obie") Award for best new work. The play is set against the backdrop of the first terror attacks on US soil—...
    When the Sun Shone Brighter, which examines a political candidate's struggle between ambition and truth, was a finalist for the 2010 NNPN Smith Prize, and was nominated for the ACTA/Steinberg Award. It won both a Carbonell (South Florida "Tony") and Silver Palm (South Florida "Obie") Award for best new work. The play is set against the backdrop of the first terror attacks on US soil—not 9/11, but the Cuban-exile bombing campaign of the 1970s and 80s, a fascinating episode in American history that is virtually unknown, but bears directly relevant to events that are shaping our political landscape today. As When the Sun Shone Brighter begins, Miami power broker, Manny Arostegui, is about to offer Cuban-American Miami mayor Jose “Joe” Sanchez-Fors a chance to run for an open U.S. Senate seat. But just as Joe is about to launch himself into the campaign, a police detective informs him of a new clue in the assassination of Joe’s father, a brutal slaying that happened right before Joe’s eyes when he was a child. Joe’s father had been a well-respected Cuban exile leader and Bay of Pigs veteran whom Joe loved and idolized. Joe and his father’s colleagues have always believed that Joe’s father was killed by pro-Castro agents. But the new development in the murder investigation suggests that well-respected anti-Castro zealots may have been involved. The detective seeks Joe’s cooperation in pursing the new clue. But Manny makes it clear to Joe that even hinting that well-respected exile hard-liners were involved in his father’s murder will ruin his chances in the senate race. This is Joe’s central dilemma in the play—choosing between his life-long pursuit of political power or seeking the truth in his own father’s murder. For more information about WHEN THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTER, please click on the following link: http://www.demosbrown.com/#!when-the-sun-shone-brighter/c9i3
  • FEAR UP HARSH
    FEAR UP HARSH received a prestigious 2014 Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association. This intense drama, leavened with humor, explores the life of a Medal of Honor recipient whose perfect life begins to unravel when a former comrade-in-arms comes to call. The play shines a light on the corrupting effect of awards and commendations and what it truly means to be a hero. FEAR UP...
    FEAR UP HARSH received a prestigious 2014 Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association. This intense drama, leavened with humor, explores the life of a Medal of Honor recipient whose perfect life begins to unravel when a former comrade-in-arms comes to call. The play shines a light on the corrupting effect of awards and commendations and what it truly means to be a hero. FEAR UP HARSH also received multiple Carbonell (South Florida "Tony") and Silver Palm (South Florida "Obie") awards, including Best New Work. For more information about FEAR UP HARSH, click on the following link: http://www.demosbrown.com/#!fear-up-harsh/cuwr