SynopsisClick here to listen to the audio version of the program (right-click to save). 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.
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Cast & Artists
- Dramaturg: Polly Carl
- Author: Lisa D'Amour
- Scenic Design: Kevin Depinet
- Costume Design: Rachel Anne Healy
- Stage Manager: Michelle Medvin
- Assistant Stage Manager: Rose Marie Packer
- Directed by: ensemble member Austin Pendleton
- Lighting Design: Terry Kinney
- Sound Design: Josh Schmidt
- Original Music: Josh Schmidt
- Choreographer: Tommy Rapley
- Fight Choreographer: Matt Hawkins
- 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."
"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
Second Chance for the First Ring
An expression of the way that we organize our lives in community.
Playwright Lisa D’Amour discusses Detroit with Director of Artistic Development Polly Carl
Theater is a series of ongoing interpretations.
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