U.K. Premiere of Lisa D'Amour's Detroit Opens at the National's Cottesloe Theatre May 15

News   U.K. Premiere of Lisa D'Amour's Detroit Opens at the National's Cottesloe Theatre May 15
Lisa D'Amour's Detroit, which premiered in a production at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2011, opens officially at London's National Theatre May 15, following previews that began May 8. It is playing in the National's smallest Cottesloe auditorium.

Stuart McQuarrie and Justine Mitchell
Stuart McQuarrie and Justine Mitchell Photo by Catherine Ashmore

Austin Pendleton, who also directed it at Steppenwolf, directs a company that comprises Will Adamsdale, Clare Dunne, Stuart McQuarrie, Justine Mitchell and Christian Rodska. Designs are by Kevin Depinet, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by John Leonard and choreography by Arthur Pita.

Set in a suburb of a mid-sized American city, Ben and Mary welcome their new neighbours, Sharon and Kenny, who have moved in to the long-empty house next door. Fuelled by backyard barbecues and booze, their sudden friendship rapidly veers out of control, as inhibitions are obliterated and the fragility of Ben and Mary's off-the-shelf lifestyle is laid bare.

D'Amour is an award-winning playwright and interdisciplinary artist, often collaborating with artists of different disciplines on work presented in non-traditional sites. Her plays include Anna Bella Eema, Nita and Zita (2003 Obie Award) and The Cataract.

Pendleton is an actor, director and playwright; he has been a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. His previous directing credits there include Love Song, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Harvey, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Three Sisters, Loose Ends and Say Goodnight, Gracie.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000 or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.

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