PHOTO CALL: Detroit, With Amy Ryan, David Schwimmer, John Cullum, Darren Pettie, Sarah Sokolovic, Opens in NYC
By Matthew Blank
Tony Award winner John Cullum, Darren Pettie, Sarah Sokolovic, Tony nominee Amy Ryan and David Schwimmer star in the New York City premiere of Lisa D'Amour's acclaimed suburban-set play Detroit, a tale of codependence in the recession era, opening Sept. 18 at Playwrights Horizons.
The play, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, is directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Maple and Vine at PH, The Thugs, Stunning, Naked Angels' This Wide Night). Performances play to Oct. 7 at PH's Mainstage Theater, launching the not-for-profit's 2012-13 season.
According to production notes, "Somewhere in the suburbs of a mid-sized city, Ben (Schwimmer) and Mary (Ryan) welcome into their lives the rootless couple (Pettie and Sokolovic) who move in next door. But as this foursome bonds over backyard barbecues, the neighborly connection they find threatens to unravel the lives they've built and change them forever. An ecstatic, dangerous new comedy, Detroit exposes the nerves that live just under the surface of American life today."
D'Amour is a playwright and one half of PearlDamour, an Obie award-winning interdisciplinary performance company she runs with Katie Pearl. Detroit, originally produced by Steppenwolf Theater Company, was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In 2008, D'Amour was awarded the Alpert Award for the Arts in theatre and in 2011, she received the Steinberg Playwright Award. Lisa received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a New Dramatists alumna.
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