By Maureen Lee Lenker
June 08, 2018 at 12:01 AM EDT
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Now that Scandal is handled, Kerry Washington is turning her sights to Broadway.

The actress will return to the stage this fall opposite Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) in American Son, a play written by Christoper Demos-Brown and directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Children of a Lesser God).

The production will begin performances at the Booth Theatre on Oct. 6 with the official opening set for Nov. 4.

American Son is set in a Florida police station in the middle of the night where Washington will portray a mother looking for her missing teenage son. The play is described as “a gripping tale of two parents caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance.”

“Christopher Demos-Brown has written a play that dives deep into the big questions of who we are as a nation, by exploring the intimate relationships within a family caught at the crossroads of love, loss, identity and community,” said Washington in a statement. “After reading the script I was immediately enthralled by the world of the play and the gripping circumstances that these characters are facing. I am excited to step into the ring with Kenny & Steve to tell this story on Broadway.”

Washington previously made her Broadway debut in 2009 in David Mamet’s Race, and she is set to present at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday.

Eugene Lee also stars. Tickets go on sale Friday.

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