Synopsis

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In a “first ring” suburb outside a mid-sized American city, 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.

Detroit is a part of the 2010-2011 Subscription Season, which includes Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Sex with Strangers, The Hot L Baltimore and Middletown.

Watch & Listen

  1. The Ensemble on Detroit

    The Ensemble on Detroit

  2. Detroit Wine Tasting

    Detroit Wine Tasting

  3. EXPLORE: The World of Detroit

    EXPLORE: The World of Detroit

  4. Kate Arrington on Detroit

    Kate Arrington on Detroit

  5. #051: Ensemble Member Kevin Anderson on Detroit

    #051: Ensemble Member Kevin Anderson on Detroit

  6. #050: Ensemble Member Laurie Metcalf on Detroit

    #050: Ensemble Member Laurie Metcalf on Detroit

  7. Detroit: Audience Reactions

    Detroit: Audience Reactions

  8. #049: Ensemble Member Austin Pendleton on Detroit

    #049: Ensemble Member Austin Pendleton on Detroit

  9. Detroit in Production

    Detroit in Production

  10. Detroit in Rehearsal

    Detroit in Rehearsal

  11. Constructing Detroit

    Constructing Detroit

  12. Getting to Know Ensemble Member Laurie Metcalf

    Getting to Know Ensemble Member Laurie Metcalf

  13. Getting to Know Playwright Lisa D

    Getting to Know Playwright Lisa D'Amour

  14. #039: Playwright Lisa D

    #039: Playwright Lisa D'Amour on Detroit

  15. Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf's 2010-2011 Season Theme

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

"Steppenwolf, long the one theater in America that has paid attention to the lives of the Midwestern middle class, is on point - a fine and spectacularly timely new play for the fall."
- Chicago Tribune

“Supremely engaging and provocative---manages to stimulate new questions about suburban decay with a suitably comic touch.”
- Buzz Magazine

"Convincing and compelling and tartly funny... may well be the most effective play yet produced about our current economic doldrums."
- Variety

"A biting new dark comedy of economic anxiety - and luckily, we have first-rate Steppenwolf ensemble members to lead us."
- Time Out Chicago

“This all-ensemble cast delivers a performance that exemplifies what makes Steppenwolf great!”
- New City

Program Articles

We Asked the Ensemble... What's Your Favorite Book About or Set in Suburbia?

What's Your Favorite Book About or Set in Suburbia?

Unfreezing the Play

Theater is a series of ongoing interpretations.

Location! Location! Location!

Playwright Lisa D’Amour discusses Detroit with Director of Artistic Development Polly Carl

Letter from Artistic Director on Detroit

An expression of the way that we organize our lives in community.

We Asked the Ensemble... What's Your Favorite Book About or Set in Suburbia?

What's Your Favorite Book About or Set in Suburbia?

Unfreezing the Play

Theater is a series of ongoing interpretations.

America's Triple Dream

Second Chance for the First Ring

Location! Location! Location!

Playwright Lisa D’Amour discusses Detroit with Director of Artistic Development Polly Carl

Letter from Artistic Director on Detroit

An expression of the way that we organize our lives in community.

Running Time

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