Metcalf, Anderson, Barford, Pendleton Will Make Steppenwolf's Detroit an All-Ensemble Show

News   Metcalf, Anderson, Barford, Pendleton Will Make Steppenwolf's Detroit an All-Ensemble Show
Director Austin Pendleton's fall staging of Lisa D'Amour's new play, Detroit, for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will feature a cast made up entirely of Steppenwolf ensemble members. Laurie Metcalf and Ian Barford were announced May 18.
Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf

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:

  • Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Pam MacKinnon, featuring ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.
  • Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason, directed by associate artist Jessica Thebus, featuring ensemble member Sally Murphy with Stephen Louis Grush.
  • The Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau, featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, K. Todd Freeman and Yasen Peyankov, with Allison Torem.
  • 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

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