Received its Off-Broadway premiere at the Duke on 42nd Street by Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 on November 7, 2011.
Mike Slattery (44) C.J. Wilson
Aaron Slattery (17) Harry Zittel
Natasha Gordon (17) Sarah Steele
Katie Slattery (17) Meredith Forlenza
Beth Slattery (42) Rebecca Creskoff
Jake Myers (17) Brock Harris
Director: Evan Cabnet
Set Design: Lee Savage
Costume Design: Jessica Wegener Shay
Lighting Design: Japhy Weideman
Sound Design: Jill BC DuBoff
Stage Manager: Charles M. Turner III
Publication: Brownell, Julia. All-American. Dramatists Play Service, 2012. Drama Library PS3602. R745 A44 2012.
Setting: A town in California
Nobody comes down during assembly. Except one of the janitors, this guy Eddie, but he’s got slight brain damage, so I just give him a blow job every now and then to keep him quiet. (Aaron pretends not to have a reaction.) Oh my god. You totally thought I was serious, you thought I gave him blow jobs.
Plot: A former NFL star drives his teenage daughter to become a star high school quarterback while ignoring her twin brother and his wife. If you like Friday Night Lights, you’ll probably like this play although some of the characterizations are thinner than others and the resolution comes quick and relatively painless, give or take a concussion or two. Aaron and Natasha are the most fully-realized and interesting characters, and surprisingly, Katie, the female football player, is the least realized character, although she is the titular, All-American.
Representative Monologues: Monologues contain the first few lines and the last few lines; please consult the published text for the monologue in its entirety. This play only has a small number of brief monologues.
p. 37-38: Natasha explains why she tried to kill herself. Aaron’s line can be cut.
That’s the thing that’s so fucked up. It was so NOT about Jake Myers. It’s just—ugh—nobody gets it. I took a bunch of pills and it was lame, okay? [Lines cut] And that actually made me the most sad, that I was sixteen and I should be caring about my stupid football player boyfriend dumping me but instead I was like, worrying about my mom being in a wheelchair. But nobody knew about that, so everybody assumed I like, took all these pills and had to get my stomach pumped because—
–Because Jake Myers dumped you.
Exactly.] Because not being able to give crappy head to Jake Myers anymore is obviously the biggest tragedy of my life.
p. 7-9: Aaron and Natasha meet while cutting a school assembly. Starts with
Hey. (Aaron nods his head.) You’re new, right? You’re in my calculus class.
and ends with
I thought you didn’t like it when people asked questions.
p. 20-22: Katie confesses to Aaron that she wants to quit playing football. Starts with
I can’t really imagine any world where playing football is fun.
and ends with
p.36-38: Natasha confesses to Aaron the real reason why she tried to kill herself. Starts with
I don’t feel like playing.
and ends with
Yeah. Constantly. (Beat.) But honestly? The fact that you’re… you are smarter and cooler and better than anyone at this school… That’s not something to be embarrassed bout. I think it’s pretty awesome. Because I mean… you say that nobody gets it but… I get it. (Natasha kisses him.) You know, there’s no better turn-on than saying you give crappy head. (Natasha smiles. A beat. They start to make out.)
Select Bibliography of Reviews and Criticism: (Note: article title links are to the online versions, mostly UW-only restricted unless designated as open access.)
All-american. (2011). Daily Variety, 313(29), 10.
Isherwood, C. (2011, Nov 08). A gridiron family: The star quarterback is just daddy’s little girl. New York Times.
Sheward, D. (2011). All-american. Back Stage (19305966), 52(45), 40.