The Scandal alum is finally moving on.
After seven seasons on ABC’s political drama, playing fixer Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington joins the Broadway production of American Son.
The play examines delves into race relations in America following two parents in a Florida police station as they grapple with a crisis involving their son. It was the opportunity to take part in a project that portrays what it is to be a parent to a biracial missing teenager, that got Washington’s attention.
“I was so transfixed by the material,” she said. “It had such a deep and profound impact on me and I just couldn’t wait to get it on its feet.”
Washington has been tapped to play opposite Broadway veteran Steven Pasquale for the debut of Christopher Demos-Brown’s play directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.
This won’t be the first time she takes to the stage, previously appearing on Broadway in 2009 as part of the cast of David Mamet’s Race.
“Growing up in New York I wanted to be onstage before anything else. My original ideas of what performance looked like, what acting looked like, were from Broadway,” Washington said in a statement.
American Son will begin performances on October 6 for a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre.