Detroit Starts Feb. 1
TheatreSquared stages "whirlwind" holiday adventure
Critically Acclaimed, explosive dark comedy
by Lisa D'Amour, directed by Aimée Hayes
takes the stage February 1 - 26
Playwright Lisa D'Amour to visit NWA February 9
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — January 12, 2016 — The incendiary dark comedy Detroit — a Pulitzer Prize finalist, New York Times Critics’ Pick, and Obie Award-winner for Best New American Play — begins a four-week run February 1 at TheatreSquared. The production is directed by Southern Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes. Performances are scheduled February 1-26, Wednesdays through Sundays, with tickets ($15-$45) available at theatre2.orgor (479) 443-5600.
Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up a punishing commute to work. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends—to incendiary effect. Ecstatic and dangerously funny, Detroit rips up the floorboards to reveal the racing heart under a crumbling suburban fantasy.
“What happens when you suddenly wake up from the American dream?” said T2 artistic director Robert Ford. “This ecstatic, thrilling, and darkly funny new play lives right at the intersection of moving-on-up and burn-it-all-down. It makes for a great night of theatre.”
Since its debut at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Detroit has been widely critically praised. The New York Times called it “a smart, tart critique of the country’s fraying social fabric — as rich and addictively satisfying as a five-layer dip,” while Time Out NY described the show as “hilarious… sly, timely and neatly surprising…very much an of-the-moment American play.”
Pulitzer finalist Lisa D’Amour will travel to Fayetteville to attend Detroit and will lead two free public events at the Fayetteville Public Library on February 9, including a playwriting workshop at 4:30pm and a public forum at 6:30pm in the Walker Family Community Room. Workshop participation is limited to the first 25 who register at faylib.org; seating for the forum will be first come, first seated.
The cast for Detroit includes Lori Prince, Brian Rife, Bill Rogers, Laura Berner Taylor, and Vincent Teninty. The lead creative team includes assistant director Cole Wimpee, scenic designer Kimberly Powers, lighting designer Joey Moro, sound designer Sinan Zafar, costume designer Ruby Kemph, properties master Brodie Jasch, fight choreographer Scott Russell, and production stage manager David A. Loranca.
TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead show sponsors Lynn and Joel Carver as well as show sponsors Tod Yeslow and Jackie Telfair.
Performances are scheduled February 1–26, 2017, Wednesdays through Sundays at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville, AR).
Monday–Tuesday No Performances
Saturday 2:00pm; 7:30pm
Detroit contains adult language and content; parental discretion is advised. The approximate running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.