When things get a little too hot for him in New York, good-looking, charismatic hustler Pharus, escapes the clutches of rap star Jules and moves to London.
Mischievously demonstrating the pressures and absurdities of making it in the big city for locals and immigrants alike, the play throws a wry light on our society's obsessions, from desire and control to deception and image.
American Trade is a funny, uncompromising and outspoken play about survival that challenges assumptions about racial and sexual identity. It is also a celebration of 21st century London in all its extravagant, confusing and dynamic diversity.
The production was directed by Jamie Lloyd and written by RSC Playwright in Residence Tarell Alvin McCraney.
American Trade played from 2 to 18 June 2011 at Hampstead Theatre.
Photo by Manuel Harlan: Samantha Young as Red.