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Detroit

Detroit
Your Price: $12.95 CDN
Author: Lisa D'Amour
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
# of Pages: 62
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 0822229188
ISBN-13: 9780822229186

About the Play:

Detroit was a Finalist for Pulitzer Prize and a Finalist for Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Detroit is a full-length dark comedy by Lisa D'Amour. When Sharon and Kenny move into a long-empty house in the suburbs of an American city, they are welcomed by neighbours Ben and Mary. But, fuelled by alcohol and backyard barbecues, their new friendship veers rapidly out of control as inhibitions are obliterated, laying bare the fragility of Ben and Mary's off-the-shelf lifestyle.

In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, barely middle class Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbours Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. The neighbourly connection they find threatens Ben and Mary's notion of the values that have long kept them on the straight and narrow middle class path as it is revealed that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don't own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American back-yard party soon veers out of control, shattering the fragile hold that newly unemployed Ben and burgeoning alcoholic Mary have on their way of life with unexpected comic consequences. A wicked satire about our uncertain economic times.

Detroit premiered in 2010 at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. It subsequently ran Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in fall 2012 and made its UK premiere that same year at the National Theatre in London. The play won the Obie Award for Best New American Play in 2013.

Cast: 2 women, 3 men

What people say:

"Detroit is a brilliantly observed piece of art about a particular time and place. That time is now – and by now I mean the current post-recessionary America. That place is a pair of backyards in the suburb of a great American city that has been rocked on its heels." — The Chicago Tribune

"…sly, timely and neatly surprising ... very much an of-the-moment American play ... D'Amour perfectly captures a certain pervasive lifestyle of today: atomized, mediated, ersatz and culturally leveled ... cascading, hilarious monologues and minutely calibrated chitchat." — Time Out NY

"A sharp X-ray of the embattled American psyche as well as a smart, tart critique of the country's fraying social fabric, Ms. D'Amour's dark comedy is as rich and addictively satisfying as a five-layer dip served up with a brimming bowl of tortilla chips." — New York Times

"…totally nails the great, deep malaise of middle-class suburbia, with a sustained energy and a wicked eye for telling details ... funny as hell." — New York Post

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

"…a tense, terrific, funny new play." — New York Observer

"…savvy, frequently poetic, and ultimately bittersweet…." — TheaterMania.com

About the Playwright:

Lisa D'Amour is an Obie Award winning American playwright and one half of Pearl Damour, an interdisciplinary performance company she runs with Katie Pearl. Her play Detroit was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Her work has been produced by theaters such as Steppenwolf Theatre, Children s Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, the Walker Arts Center, and the Kitchen. She received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and currently splits her time between Brooklyn and New Orleans.