Pulitzer Finalist Detroit, Celebrated Play About Neighbors, Will Get New Production at Playwrights Horizons

News   Pulitzer Finalist Detroit, Celebrated Play About Neighbors, Will Get New Production at Playwrights Horizons
When Detroit, Lisa D'Amour's critically acclaimed 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist play about neighbors, makes its New York City debut Off-Broadway in fall 2012, it will be Playwrights Horizons' baby.

Playwright Lisa D'Amour
Playwright Lisa D'Amour Photo by Zack Smith

The world-premiere production by Steppenwolf Theatre Company was previously announced as Broadway-bound by commercial producers. The title is now in the hands of the not-for-profit PH, known for cradling writers and new works. A new production team is now attached.

Obie Award winner D'Amour is a 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award winner for her body of work. Detroit will be directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (the current Maple and Vine at Playwrights Horizons, The Thugs, Stunning, Naked Angels' This Wide Night) in a completely new production than was seen in Chicago.

Detroit will be presented at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street) in fall 2012 on dates to be announced. The play had its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in September 2010. Laurie Metcalf was in its cast.

Here's the Detroit plot in a nutshell, accordind to PH: "Somewhere in the suburbs of a mid-sized city, Ben and Mary welcome into their lives the rootless couple 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."

Casting and additional details for Detroit, and five additional productions for the 2012-2013 season, will be announced in the coming months.

Anne Kauffman
photo by Aaron Epstein

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 in recent weeks, but a spokesperson for Detroit playwright D'Amour told Playbill.com that the title would surface in London in spring 2012.

D'Amour is an Obie Award-winning playwright (for Nita and Zita) and interdisciplinary artist. She was named a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and earned the 2011 Steinberg Playwrights Award for her play Detroit. She writes plays for theatres, and collaborates with artists of different disciplines on work often presented in non-traditional sites. As a playwright, her work has been produced by such theaters as New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, The Women's Project and HERE Arts Center (NYC); Salvage Vanguard, Physical Plant and Refraction Arts (Austin); Infernal Bridegroom Productions (Houston); Crowded Fire Theater (San Francisco); Ten Thousand Things, the Red Eye Collaboration and Children's Theater Company (Minneapolis). She has been commissioned to write plays by Playwrights Horizons, Children's Theater Company, the Guthrie Theater and The Talking Band, and is currently working on a two-play commission for Steppenwolf Theatre.

D'Amour has received fellowships from the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, two independent artist commissions from NYSCA and an NEA/TCG Playwrights' Residency. She is currently a visiting lecturer in playwriting at Brown University. She is an associate member of ArtSpot Productions, a theatre ensemble in New Orleans. She received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recent alumna of the core membership program at the Playwrights' Center and an alumna of New Dramatists.

Playwrights Horizons is under the leadership of artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus.

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