The company of the suburban-set comedy will feature Kevin Anderson (Broadway's recent Come Back, Little Sheba, Death of a Salesman in 1999), Kate Arrington (Steppenwolf's The Pain and the Itch), Barford (August: Osage County), Robert Breuler (Steppenwolf's A Walk in the Woods, The Grapes of Wrath) and Metcalf ("Roseanne," Broadway's November). Pendleton is also a Steppenwolf ensemble member, making this an all-Steppenwolf ensemble production.
Chicago's Steppenwolf also confirmed some casting for other titles in its 2010-11 season on May 18.
Detroit, running Sept. 9–Nov. 7 in the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, is about a "first ring" suburb outside a mid-sized American city. In it, according to Steppenwolf notes, "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 Ben and Mary have on their way of life — with unexpected comic consequences. Detroit is a fresh, off-beat look at what happens when we dare to open ourselves up to something new."
Single tickets for Detroit will go on sale in August. Season subscriptions are currently available.
In addition to the Detroit casting of Metcalf and Barford, Steppenwolf announced that ensemble members Francis Guinan (August: Osage County) and artistic director Martha Lavey have joined the cast of Middletown, the final play of the company's 2010-2011 season. Other confirmations for the season include:
Middletown, a new play by Will Eno, directed by Les Waters, featuring ensemble member Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan, Martha Lavey and Tracy Letts, with Michael Patrick Thornton. For more information about the new season of the Tony Award-honored Steppenwolf, visit www.steppenwolf.org.