Antje Oegel, a representative for the playwright, confirmed on Nov. 11 that Detroit will play London's National Theatre in May 2012. "There won't be a Broadway production this season," she said in an email, though talks are currently underway for a future New York life of the sharp comedy that premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2010.
Detroit playwright D'Amour received strong critical notices for her work. She is also the recipient of the 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award, which will be presented Nov. 14 at Lincoln Center Theater.
Detroit was originally announced to arrive on Broadway in fall 2011 with Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Debbie Bisno and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company producing. Inquiries to the producers' representatives were not answered.
Tony nominee Austin Pendleton staged the Steppenwolf world premiere of D'Amour's backyard-set play in which an unlikely handful of neighbors gather to fire up the grill. He was also announced to stage the Broadway premiere.
The Chicago cast included Laurie Metcalf and Kevin Anderson. No casting or directorial duties are confirmed for the London run. The National has yet to announce its season. A Broadway cast was not announced. Here's how the Steppenwolf billed Detroit: "In a 'first ring' suburb outside a mid-sized 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 — with unexpected consequences. Shining a light on the middle class American Dream, Detroit looks at what happens when we open ourselves up to something new."
D'Amour is a playwright, actress and interdisciplinary performance artist, who has previously appeared at PS122, HERE Arts Center, Salvage Vanguard, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, the Walker Arts Center, Crowded Fire Theater, Children's Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, HERE Arts Center, New Geroges, Theater of a Two Headed Calf and the Women's Project.