"Lisa D'Amour's dark comedy, 'Detroit' receives its Boston-area debut from @apollinairetc"
"This summer before you heat up the grill,
fire up your mind and your heart with Apollinaire's "Detroit." -EdgeBoston
Obie Award for
Best New American Play
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prizes
“a powerful, funny play
about the fraying of American culture under the stress of economic uncertainty” –nytimes
In a “first ring” suburb outside a midsize American city, Ben and Mary fire up the grill to welcome the new neighbors who’ve moved into the long-empty house next door. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control, shattering the fragile hold that newly unemployed Ben and burgeoning alcoholic Mary have on their way of life. The quintessential American backyard party quickly turns into something more dangerous – and filled with potential.
Featuring: John Dylan Greene,
Courtland Jones (MidSummer, The Caucasian Chalk Circle),
Becca A. Lewis (Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God, Memory House),
Stephen Libby (Rhinoceros, The Firebugs, Cooking with Elvis, Anger Box), Rick Winterson (Men of Tortuga, The Visit)
Design & Tech: Diego Buscaglia, John Cadiz, Mark DiGiovanni, Stephanie Hettrick, Megan F. Kinneen, Connor O'Leary,
Nick O'Leary, Joe Ouellette, John Scala,
Charlie Trombadore, Andrew Duncan Will
Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques
Running Time: 100 minutes
Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and one half of PearlDamour, an OBIE-award winning interdisciplinary performance company she runs with Katie Pearl. Lisa’s plays have been produced by theaters across the U.S.
Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of D’Amour’s Airline Highway will open on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in April 2015.
Detroit was originally produced by Steppenwolf Theater Company and subsequently produced by the National Theater/London and Playwrights Horizons.
She is the recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Artist Award in theatre. Lisa received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a New Dramatists alumni.
$25, $20 advance purchase, $15 students
Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea.
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April 10- May 9
Fri. & Sat. at 8
Sun. April 26 & May 3 at 3:00
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in the NY Times
Ms. D’Amour — thoughtful, unguarded, seemingly most at home in her cowboy boots — has long shimmied across cultural fault lines. “Most often I feel like two different Lisas living in parallel performance worlds,” she said.
The connecting thread is work about people and issues that don’t normally get a dramatic spotlight.
“One of the great strengths is her ear,” said Martha Lavey, artistic director of Steppenwolf. “She’s bearing witness, and I think she does it without judgment, and in a way that’s poetic and compassionate."