American Hero
NW Premiere

American Hero

October 4 - October 31, 2016
Alder Stage

By Bess Wohl
Directed by Shawn Lee

When the American Dream is dashed, try making a sandwich! A trio of disparate and desperate ‘sandwich artists’ find themselves abandoned by their fast-food franchise and left to their own devices in this utterly amusing and ridiculously believable story of making ends “meat and cheese.”

This post-recession, comedic commentary embraces the humor in misery, the creativity in despair, and the ingenuity of the human spirit as this indomitable group bands together to succeed on their own damned terms.


To learn more about the playwright, visit her biography here.

Experience a piece of the 2013 world premiere of AMERICAN HERO here.

The beginning of the script references an incident regarding a Quiznos franchisee that may have been an initial inspiration for the events in AMERICAN HERO. For more information on this incident, visit here.

Download our Study Guide for this production here. A great resource for all!

Alder Stage

1515 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205


“…the beauty of this story is that the human spirit will endure, in spite of odds against it, and the “little men,” in all of us, from kings to knaves, will have their say.”

Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews

“The laughs come freely, and yet there is a deft balance between them and the depressing reality of the story. It ends on a note just hopeful enough, and perhaps that the best we can expect from both the play and the situation we find ourselves in as a country.”

Kris Haines, The Crippled Critic

“…Kafka-esque milieu of this country’s corporate fast-food industry…”

Judy Nedry, Judy Nedry Reviews

“AMERICAN HERO underscores that even when the work may get you down, the people you work with can give you a lift.”

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“AMERICAN HERO calls to mind a range of anxiety-generating post-recession narratives.”

Robert Kahn, NBC New York

“Wohl has a light touch with the comedy.”

Steve Barnes, Times Union


Mueen Jahan
Bob / Customer / Gregory / Sandwich


Bess Wohl
Shawn Lee

Production Team

Megan Wilkerson
Scenic Designer
Kristeen Willis
Lighting Designer
Emily Horton
Costume Designer
Jen Raynak
Composer / Sound Designer
Kaye Blankenship
Properties Master
Jonathan Cole
Fight Choreographer
Luan Schooler
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Stage Manager
Nate Cohen
Assistant Director
Karen M. Hill
Production Assistant
Jason Coffey
Board Op